New Delhi: Delhi Police fined a man for driving an odd-number car near India Gate on Monday, nearly 30 minutes after the odd-even scheme came into effect at 8 am. The rule will be applicable on all non-transport four-wheeled vehicles from 8 am to 8 pm till November 15. Notably, a fine of ₹4,000 is imposed on violation of the scheme.
What are the timings, penalties, exemptions for odd-even scheme in Delhi?
The odd-even road rationing scheme, an anti-pollution measure, kicked in from 8 am on Monday in the city, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging people to follow it for the sake of their family and kids.
Under the scheme, apart from exempted categories, only those non-transport four-wheeled vehicles will ply on the roads which have registration numbers ending with an even digit.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city at 7:30 am stood at 439, which falls in the "severe" category. An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.
Under the scheme, which will be implemented from 8am to 8pm till November 15, non-transport four-wheeled vehicles with registration numbers ending with an odd digit (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will not be allowed on the roads on November 4, 6, 8, 12 and 14.
Similarly, vehicles with registration numbers ending with an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) will not be allowed on the roads on November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15.
Two-wheelers and electric vehicles have been exempted from the restrictions, but not CNG-driven vehicles.
Women-only vehicles with children aged up to 12 years and vehicles occupied by physically-disabled persons will also be exempted.
Twenty-nine categories of vehicles, including those of President, prime minister, emergency and enforcement vehicles, have been exempted.
However, the vehicles of the Delhi chief minister and ministers will not be exempted.
Here's all you need to know about Delhi government's odd-even scheme
- Under the scheme, the vehicles with odd last digit in the registration number will be allowed on roads on odd dates and those with even last digit will ply on even dates. The rule will be applicable in Delhi from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays. The third edition of odd-even scheme will run till November 15.
- The odd-even scheme will apply to all non-transport four-wheeled vehicles and even those coming in from other states.
- Kejriwal government has exempted two-wheelers from odd-even scheme. "Women driving alone, cars having all women as occupants and women accompanied by children aged less than 12 years" will also be exempted. Delhi government will allow vehicles used for medical emergencies during the 12-day long odd-even scheme. Private vehicles carrying school children are also allowed on roads during the implementation of odd-even car rationing system based on "trust", said Arvind Kejriwal.
- There’s a long list of VIPs who will be exempted from the odd-even scheme. The list includes: The vehicles of the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, state governors, Chief Justice of India, Speakers of the Lok Sabha, Union ministers, and leaders of the Opposition of both the Houses, Supreme Court judges, chairman of UPSC, chief election commissioners and CAG, deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha and deputy speaker of Lok Sabha and lieutenant-general of NCT/Delhi and judges of high court and members of the Lokayukta. Enforcement vehicles and defence vehicles will also be exempted.
- There will be no exemption for the vehicles of Delhi government ministers and the chief minister. Privately owned CNG vehicles will not be exempted this time.
- A hefty amount of ₹4,000 will be charged for the violation of odd-even scheme which will run from November 4-15. Earlier, the penalty was ₹2,000 for the violation. Delhi government has decided to hike the penalty as per the amended Motor Vehicle Act.
- Cab aggregators Uber and Old will deactivate surge pricing during the implementation of the odd-even scheme. Ride-hailing major Ola will work closely with its driver-partners to ensure maximum availability of vehicles during peak hours.
Auto rickshaw drivers are being asked to go by the meter prices when odd-even scheme will be rolled out, said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
- A study by the University of Chicago has revealed that the previous edition of Odd-Even had lowered pollution by 15%, said Kejriwal. "Delhi is doing everything from distributing two masks each to every household to implementing the odd-even scheme in the national capital," Kejriwal added.
- The Signature Bridge, which connects Wazirabad to East Delhi, will remain closed from November 5 to 14 when the odd-even scheme will be rolled out.
- As many as 2,000 additional buses will be deployed on roads during November 4-15. All cluster buses will also be deployed along with the entire fleet of DTC buses, said Delhi government.
To ensure that not a single person face inconvenience during the implementation of odd-even scheme, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will conduct 61 additional trips during the 12-day odd-even scheme.