Car Owners May Not Get Subsidised Diesel + “Special Tax” on Diesel Cars


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Rs 10 hike in diesel in near future. [surprise]
hmm. Its turning out hard to stay here!
Forget the cars for a moment. Think about other expenses!
Just think, don't post OT. :tongue:
 
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Only difference in automotive world would be as follows
Top end vaient aspirants of entry level sedans would go for top end hatch
Mid end varient aspirants would go for lowend.
People doing pune-goa ~ 1000 km frequently would do pune -Alibaug /diveagar~500kkm.
Also ,movements in resale market will also increase.
 
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Re: Car Owners May Not Get Subsidised Diesel + “Special Tax” on Diesel Cars

Impose 30% cess on diesel cars, panel tells Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Senior advocate Harish Salve startled the Supreme Court on Monday by presenting a report which established a direct link between death of 3,000 children annually in Delhi to the increased pollution level attributable mainly to more diesel cars on the roads.

Salve said subsidized diesel price was almost at par with CNG, leading to a massive increase in sale of diesel cars. As a result, emissions have directly contributed in taking the ambient air quality in Delhi much beyond the danger level, especially the level of harmful respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM).

The green bench comprising Justices A K Patnaik, S S Nijjar and F M I Kalifulla converted a report of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority into an application and issued notices to the Centre, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and asked them to respond within three weeks.

The report, submitted through environmentalist and EPCA member Sunita Narain, said CNG was cheaper than diesel by around 46.71% in 2002-03 and the gap widened to 50% between 2004 and 2009. "But in December 2013, the price differential plummeted to 7.35%. After the recent decrease in CNG price, the differential is again about 35%," it said.

It recommended a 30% surcharge on cost of diesel cars, drastic increase in registration fee for personal cars and proportional decrease in registration fee for buses to improve ambient air quality of Delhi.

The recommendations in the EPCA report submitted by advocate Aparajita Singh included:

* Union of India be directed to impose additional 30% environment compensation charge on private diesel cars. Ministry of petroleum and natural gas be directed to invest revenue from this source to produce clean diesel (10 ppm sulphur) to enable nation-wide introduction of Euro V and Euro VI norms and scale up public transport

* Delhi government be directed to impose higher taxes on cars and to drastically reduce taxes on buses and public transport vehicles. Other concerned governments Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the NCR may also be directed to take similar measures

* Delhi government be directed to bring all the 10,000-11,000 buses on roads within a year or face contempt

* Delhi government, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council be directed to increase parking charges effectively; demarcate legal parking areas and impose higher penalty for illegal parking to cut congestion

After reading the radical suggestions against diesel cars, the bench found Narain inside the court and said, "We hope there is no counter attack against her (from lobbies)."
 
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^^This pollution problem is very true in Delhi as personal cars(diesel) usage seems to be very high. I have witnessed this while we were travelling to Noida for Auto Expo and the kind of cars piled up in traffic which continued for 4 to 6 kilometers bumper to bumper. The moment we open the windows we could experience the pollution. Though there is Metro which is a bliss for Delhi, still the usage of personal vehicles seems to be very high.
 
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Re: Car Owners May Not Get Subsidised Diesel + “Special Tax” on Diesel Cars

Impose 30% cess on diesel cars, panel tells Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Senior advocate Harish Salve startled the Supreme Court on Monday by presenting a report which established a direct link between death of 3,000 children annually in Delhi to the increased pollution level attributable mainly to more diesel cars on the roads.

Salve said subsidized diesel price was almost at par with CNG, leading to a massive increase in sale of diesel cars. As a result, emissions have directly contributed in taking the ambient air quality in Delhi much beyond the danger level, especially the level of harmful respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM).

The green bench comprising Justices A K Patnaik, S S Nijjar and F M I Kalifulla converted a report of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority into an application and issued notices to the Centre, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and asked them to respond within three weeks.

The report, submitted through environmentalist and EPCA member Sunita Narain, said CNG was cheaper than diesel by around 46.71% in 2002-03 and the gap widened to 50% between 2004 and 2009. "But in December 2013, the price differential plummeted to 7.35%. After the recent decrease in CNG price, the differential is again about 35%," it said.

It recommended a 30% surcharge on cost of diesel cars, drastic increase in registration fee for personal cars and proportional decrease in registration fee for buses to improve ambient air quality of Delhi.

The recommendations in the EPCA report submitted by advocate Aparajita Singh included:

* Union of India be directed to impose additional 30% environment compensation charge on private diesel cars. Ministry of petroleum and natural gas be directed to invest revenue from this source to produce clean diesel (10 ppm sulphur) to enable nation-wide introduction of Euro V and Euro VI norms and scale up public transport

* Delhi government be directed to impose higher taxes on cars and to drastically reduce taxes on buses and public transport vehicles. Other concerned governments Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the NCR may also be directed to take similar measures

* Delhi government be directed to bring all the 10,000-11,000 buses on roads within a year or face contempt

* Delhi government, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Council be directed to increase parking charges effectively; demarcate legal parking areas and impose higher penalty for illegal parking to cut congestion

After reading the radical suggestions against diesel cars, the bench found Narain inside the court and said, "We hope there is no counter attack against her (from lobbies)."
Not sure of the nature of motivation in this case, but such studies often bring up points and arguments that are not often easy to prove. For example : how did the panel directly correlate pollution with private diesel cars when majority of the long haul trains, buses, trucks, farming equipment run on diesel?

If the diesel vehicles on road are polluting, how are they passing the 6 monthly pollution check/certificate? Wouldn't it make more sense to make the pollution check more stringent rather than taking the easy way out to increase tax. Remember increasing tax would not make the manufacturers come out with a better non polluting vehicle, they would still be selling the same stuff (and they have every right since they would cite that they conform to the existing government pollution norms).

Even the Government knows that the main cause of pollution is not the car, but the fuel. The government owned oil companies don't have the infrastructure to refine the oil to take out the impurities which cause the respirable suspended particulate matter. So the logic is tax the public and use the money to upgrade oil refining facilities. But question is does Indian Oil (& others) need tax money to upgrade its facilities? In FY 2012 IOCL sold 75.66 million tonnes of petroleum products and reported a PBT of INR37.54 billion, and the Government of India earned an excise duty of INR232.53 billion and tax of INR10.68 billion.

Also why 3000 children deaths? Why this number and why children? What about the adult and infirm? Or mentioning children makes it better news headline. I would rather have liked the tax being collected for the care and treatment of the pollution cases rather than flow into the coffers of some state run organisations (by the way these organisations are planned to be auctioned off piece by piece in the years to come to private players already in this field [evil]).
 
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Re: Car Owners May Not Get Subsidised Diesel + “Special Tax” on Diesel Cars

So one more article to make the debate more hot -

The refiniries are not ready to produce BS5 diesel yet.

New emission norms set for phased rollout.


NEW DELHI: In the battle between oil and auto companies, an expert panel is all set to recommend a shift to cleaner emission norms and is expected to take the middle path, suggesting a move to Bharat Stage IV+ from 2016, before moving to Bharat Stage V in 2021.

The shift to Bharat V, a long delayed move, will lead to a steep decline in sulphur levels and help in aiding the fight against pollution. Enforcement of cleaner emission norms across the country has taken time.

Sources said in the initial rounds, BS-IV+ will be introduced in the major cities as the oil companies are not fully geared for a nationwide transition that will take place from January 2017. Similarly, a national rollout of BS-V is proposed to take place in 2022. The sources said that even under this route the sulphur level will come down to 50PPM from 350 under BS-III, and then move to 10PPM.

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New emission norms set for phased rollout - The Times of India
 
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