New Delhi, Aug 13: The Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead in putting colour-coded stickers on vehicles plying within the National Capital Region (NCR). As per the approval, diesel vehicles will have orange stickers on their windshield while petrol and CNG vehicles will have blue stickers. The stickers may also have the year of manufacturing of vehicles. The plan was prepared after Supreme Court’s amicus curiae during a hearing on Delhi’s air pollution.

On July 23, the Environment Pollution Control Authority had told the Supreme Court that vehicles running on hydrogen and CNG mixed fuel and having colour-coded stickers to identify polluting automobiles would help in tackling air pollution. It told a bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that colour-coded stickers, as used in Paris, would be more effective than having “odd-even” vehicle rotation scheme in Delhi and it would also help in identifying older vehicles.

On July 30, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (informed the Supreme Court that there was “no objection” to putting stickers on vehicles which would indicate its nature as to whether it was electric, hybrid, diesel or BS-VI compliant.

A bench of the SC was apprised by Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni that there was no objection on the suggestion made in this regard by an advocate, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the air pollution matter. “On stickers, the MoRTH has agreed,” he told the bench and added that he has filed an affidavit in this regard. “Additional Solicitor General appearing on behalf of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) says that there is no objection to the suggestion made by amicus curiae about putting stickers on the vehicles,” the bench noted in its order.