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Exempt 2-wheelers from odd-even: transport dept.

Suggestion given to Delhi govt.

The Transport Department has suggested that two-wheelers be exempted from the odd-even road rationing scheme, which will come into force from November 4 to November 15, Delhi government sources said on Tuesday.

Doubling the fine

The department has also suggested that a fine of ₹4,000 be levied on erring motorists not following the provisions of the scheme — up from ₹2,000 which was imposed during the previous two editions of the initiative.

“The file with the department’s views has been moved to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who will take a final call over the coming days,” a senior Delhi government official said. On October 7, Mr. Kejriwal had asked the department to submit its views on exemptions.

According to the Economic Survey of Delhi 2018-19, two-wheelers account for 64.43% of its vehicular population. The increased fine will be levied as per Section 115 of the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, which empowers State governments to restrict the use of vehicles, said government sources.

In the previous editions of the scheme, all two-wheelers had been exempt from odd-even.

In a recent statement, the Delhi government had noted: “The latest estimate for the number of two-wheelers that ply in Delhi is over 70 lakh. If two-wheelers are not exempt, it will lead to over 35 lakh persons, other than lakhs of pillion riders, to switch to public transport every day.”

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