India court orders truck toll to improve Delhi's toxic air

An Indian sweeper cleans a flyover as smog covers the New Delhi skyline
An Indian sweeper cleans a flyover as smog covers the New Delhi skyline

Diesel-guzzling trucks and commercial vehicles in India will soon have to pay a surcharge for entering New Delhi, after the country's top court Friday approved a trial plan to improve the capital's notoriously filthy air.

Successive Delhi governments have been criticised for failing to curb pollution from industry and chronic traffic in the city of 17 million, ranked as having the world's worst air quality by the World Health Organisation.

Acting on a petitioner's plea, the Supreme Court approved an extra charge of 700 rupees ($11) on light commercial vehicles and 1,300 rupees on large trucks entering Delhi.

The court is scheduled to pass an official order Monday on the surcharge, which it said would apply for four months on an "experimental basis", with no start date yet specified.

Researchers hope the toll will help to clear the capital's polluted air before winter starts, when quality deteriorates.

Banned from the city during the day, thousands of trucks pour into Delhi every night adding to the cocktail of smog, according to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

The independent centre says about 52,000 commercial vehicles enter the city daily—more than double government estimates—accounting for nearly a third of the area's total pollution levels.

Many of the trucks drive through the capital to avoid paying tolls outside the city.

Indian schoolchildren wear facemasks to spread awareness of the problem of air pollution in New Delhi, after the World Health Or
Indian schoolchildren wear facemasks to spread awareness of the problem of air pollution in New Delhi, after the World Health Organisation declared New Delhi the world's most polluted capital in 2014

Friday's decision comes a month before Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night, blanketing the city in an eye-burning haze.

A WHO study of 1,600 cities released last year showed Delhi had the world's highest annual average concentration of small airborne particles known as PM 2.5—higher even than Beijing.

These fine particles of less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter are linked to increased rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease as they penetrate deep into the lungs and can pass into the bloodstream.

India's environment court earlier this year ordered a ban on diesel vehicles older than 10 years in Delhi, but the embargo has not yet been introduced.


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Oct 06, 2015
Why do we let governments controlled by rich people abuse their citizens?

One day, all the poor and downtrodden may rise up, as in Arab Spring, and take back their nation from the greedy and selfish rich, who managed to control enough of the nation to accumulate all the wealth and power and opportunity, then use it against the poor to further enrich themselves.

It is their real fear.

Oct 06, 2015
Why do we let governments controlled by rich people abuse their citizens?

One day, all the poor and downtrodden may rise up, as in Arab Spring, and take back their nation from the greedy and selfish rich, who managed to control enough of the nation to accumulate all the wealth and power and opportunity, then use it against the poor to further enrich themselves.

It is their real fear.
"Most people are able to combine ideas that have consistent thought themes, but psychopaths have great difficulty doing this. Again, this suggests a genetic restriction to what we have called the Juvenile Dictionary. Not only are they using extremely restricted definitions, they cannot, by virtue of the way their brains work, do otherwise. Virtually all of the research on psychopaths reveals an inner world that is banal, sophomoric, and devoid of the color and detail that generally exists in the inner world of normal people."

IMO.

Oct 07, 2015
The research body called for a tax on these 52,000 commercial vehicles, many of which only enter the city, en route to another state, because of a lack of bypasses on India's broken highways.
"Travel through Delhi needs to be charged so that there is a clear disincentive for the use of these roads," Anumita Roychowdhury, CSE's executive director, said in a statement.


That ought to solve the problem! Carbon Tax it...again...oh wait...again...

gkam is correct. This amounts to a regressive tax on the poor, as it will get passed along to the end consumer in the price of food, clothing, and other goods. The trucking companies won't even know the difference. They'll just raise their rates a bit, and the stores will raise their prices to compensate and "pass the savings on to you".

It won't help air quality one bit.

It's like that guy on the cable commercial mocking satellite, "Do the piano thing! That doesn't do anything, but..."

Oct 07, 2015
"pass the savings on to you".
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The "savings" are lives!

Oct 07, 2015
The "savings" are lives!
"Most people are able to combine ideas that have consistent thought themes, but psychopaths have great difficulty doing this. Again, this suggests a genetic restriction to what we have called the Juvenile Dictionary. Not only are they using extremely restricted definitions, they cannot, by virtue of the way their brains work, do otherwise. Virtually all of the research on psychopaths reveals an inner world that is banal, sophomoric, and devoid of the color and detail that generally exists in the inner world of normal people. This goes a long way to explain the inconsistencies and contradictions in their speech."

-Keep em coming dumfuk.

Oct 07, 2015
otto, have you NOT noticed your own description in these postings? You are obviously screaming for help with your fixations, your inability to deal with your emotions which obviously control you.

Yeah, I beat you at your little "game", the one you actually bragged about, so you have to "punish" me personally.

Have you seen what this fixation has done to you? Show these dialogues to your parents or other responsible grownup and see the response.

Go read your own stuff and be really, really embarrassed.

Oct 07, 2015
Yeah, I beat you at your little "game", the one you actually bragged about
I never said this you lying dumfuk.

You in contrast brag about playing ther people here like cheap kazoos,

You suffer under the delusion that you can lie, fact-forge, and pretend to be the expert youre not simply by posting your real name.

And you also imagine that this makes you immune to criticism.

These are significant and debilitating delusions.

More evidence you know?

"The World has only one problem, Psychopaths... The essential feature of Psychopaths is a Pervasive, Obssesive- Compulsive desire to force their delusions on others. Psychopaths completely disregard and violate the Rights of others..."

-You have no right to try to force these delusions of yours on the people here.

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