Ban 15-year-old cars, says SIAM

New Delhi: Auto industry body SIAM on Thursday asked the government to ban vehicles that are 15 years old in the country to reduce pollution. The industry body urged the government to come up with a legislation to ban such old polluting vehicles across the country.

“Auto industry is doing a lot of  work to reduce pollution. We are working to move to BS-VI emission norms. In order to reduce pollution, we request the government to ban vehicles which are  15 years old,” SIAM president Vinod K. Dasari said. Speaking at the annual convention of SIAM, he also asked the government to create a national automotive board and to increase design capability.

Mr Dasari also said the auto industry has been going through one of the most challenging and disruptive times due to frequent changes in policies for the sector. He said every developed country has a strong automotive industry and India must look to strengthen the sector, which today accounts for nearly 50 per cent of the country’s manufacturing GDP.