We are all aware of the harsh air pollution in Delhi at the moment. The Air Quality Index has been categorised as severe and no signs of improvement can be seen anywhere. In between the air quality dropping and making it badly impactful for everyone, Delhi has decided to ban the entry of non-Delhi registered commercial cars. Hearing news about the ban, Uber has sent a letter to the Transport Commissioner, the Transport Department, and the Government of Delhi.
Uber Commented On The Ban Of The Above-Mentioned Cabs In Delhi
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai talked about how the non-Delhi-registered commercial cabs are going to be banned from running in the national capital very soon. While talking to the media, he stated that a detailed order is to be issued as well. The decision is for all the commercial taxi aggregators plying in the city. Uber came forward and wrote a letter to the Transport Commissioner, the Transport Department, and the Government of Delhi and shared its comments in the context of the ban proposal.
The company stated that “every single one of the 70,000 cars on the Uber platform across Delhi NCR run on clean fuel”. These cars provide services by running on either CNG or electric mode. This is entirely opposite to the private vehicles that run on diesel or petrol. While most private vehicles run on petrol or diesel, the fleet of CNG and electric cabs will subsequently help in curbing pollution. The transition to environment-friendly vehicles will help in combating pollution levels.
“A restriction on CNG cars that run on clean fuel will push commuters to shift to petrol or diesel vehicles”, mentioned the letter. Uber also pointed out the findings of a study by Delhi Technological University. It stated how four-wheelers cause less than 2 per cent of Delhi’s air pollution.
It Would Be An Unnecessary Inconvenience
Uber stated how the ban can turn out to be a major inconvenience to the commuters of the Delhi-NCR area. “This would be akin to mobility lockdown for residents of Delhi NCR who would be left in the lurch in case they need to visit important infrastructure”, stated the letter. This ban can be quite a stressful instance if they need to head to the airport, railway stations, and hospitals. Uber has requested the government to take a decision on the basis of scientific evidence. It also urged to consider the consequences of this move and the crisis after the implementation of the decision.
If the government implements the ban on non-Delhi registered cabs from running in Delhi, there is a high chance that the number of private petrol/diesel vehicles will see a rise on the streets. Commuters will have fewer options so depending on private vehicles will seem like a better idea. In addition to all these, existing transportation facilities will experience pressure as well.
What do you think of the proposal to ban the non-Delhi-registered cabs in the streets of Delhi? Do you think this decision has the potential to tackle the severe air quality index?
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