NO PLACE IN KATHMANDU FOR OLD VEHICLES
The Department of Transport Management (DoTM)
is all set to scan and test the emission level of 20-year and older vehicles so
as to displace them from the Valley within the next two years.
Citing deteriorating environmental condition in the Valley, the ministry of
Labour and Transport Management has on Wednesday decided to immediately displace
all the 20-year and older vehicles, which fail the emission test. Even those
vehicles, which pass the emission test, would be allowed to ply in the Valley
for the next two years.
“We are preparing to conduct surprise emission test to displace 20-years and
older vehicles from the valley as per the government’s decision,” said Hari
Prasad Nepal, director general of the department.
Two years ago, the Supreme Court had ordered the government to displace 20-year
and older vehicles from the Valley to reduce the increasing pollution in the
Valley as the older vehicles are significant contributors to the City’s air
“A monitoring unit has already been set up under the convenorship of director
The panel’s first meeting on coming Wednesday will decide the procedures to be
followed,” Sharad Ahikary, the administrative director of the department, said.
He said the vehicles that fail surprise emission test would be displaced
immediately while those maintaining the standard would be allowed to ply in the
Valley for the next two years only.
“However, the department would keep on checking their emission levels in every
six months,” he said.
According to the department, around 12,000 20-year-old-vehicles are currently
plying on the Valley roads.
While 10,000 among them are public vehicles, the rest are government-owned
The department sources further said the owners would not be with any subsidy or
compensation while importing new vehicles to displace the old ones.
Source: The Kathmandu Post, March 13, 2005
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