New Delhi bans diesel cars for 20 days, adds auto maintenance ban

NEW DELHI: A new Delhi ban on diesel cars will apply to most models sold in the capital for a period of 20 days starting Friday.

The Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules 2017 will apply from Thursday and will cover all diesel models sold by Tata Motors, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Suzuki and Volvo.

The ban is a result of reports that some vehicles used to fuel the diesel engines in India’s most popular brands are being manufactured using cheaper Chinese materials.

The move comes amid reports that Indian consumers have been paying high prices for diesel vehicles, with some estimates suggesting diesel prices in India have reached $1,000 per litre.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pledged in May to ban diesel cars from the country by 2020.