<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought information from the traffic police and the Delhi government’s transport department about the number of vehicles that have been checked and fines imposed for causing pollution since August. The court sought the data with regard to inspections carried out at the entry points to the Capital.A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar sought the information and an action plan from the authorities on how they intended to ensure compliance of the law and rules regarding polluting vehicles.It said if the authorities are able to address the issue of air pollution by inspection of vehicular emission, “then air quality in the city would improve positively.”The bench also sought information regarding vehicle inspections carried out by cops in areas falling under the jurisdiction of the police stations of Daryaganj, Dhaula Kuan, ISBT, Anand Vihar, Nehru Place, Raja Garden, Nangloi, Laxmi Nagar and Mukarba Chowk.The Court was hearing a plea by an NGO, Campaign for People Participation in Development Planning, alleging that the rise in vehicle-generated air pollution in Delhi was due to “non-enforcement and non-implementation” of the 1988 Motor Vehicle Act, which prescribes punishment for driving a polluting vehicle.Advocate Anil Aggarwal, who has filed the petition, contended before the bench that the Motor Vehicle Rules empowered a police officer, above the rank of Sub-Inspector, and a transport department official, above the rank of Inspector, to inspect vehicles and impose fines. The court, thereafter, made the Delhi police a party in the case. Earlier, the High Court had cautioned the Centre and the AAP government against issuance of PUC certificates to polluting vehicles in the city.WHAT’S WRONGIt said if the authorities are able to address the issue of air pollution by inspection of vehicular emission, “then air quality in the city would improve positively.” The bench also sought information regarding vehicle inspections carried out by cops.

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How many vehicles checked, asks Delhi High Court