should not happen. but if it does. it would suck. coz diesels of today are better than petrol engines... government is saying why should a person driving a mercedes should pay less for his fuel than a person driving a maruti 800...fix that problem. not ban diesel. bring the rates of diesel for private vehicles at par with petrol... if you are unable to do that... stop ranting.
I don't think that the Govt. wants to ban diesel cars because of the whole mercedes argument. I think it's got to do more with Air pollution. And I know that many people contend that what is important is that the car is in tune with the Euro-II/Euro-III or Bharat-II/Bharart-III type standards. And that diesel cars of today with advanced engines and conforming to these standards are not any more polluting than their petrol variants.But I think it's a very very technical issue, and you need some experts to determine whether diesel is any worse than petrol or not. If it is, ban them. If not, they should look at enforcing pollution control standards, and perhaps adopting a singapore like quota system and limit the no. of cars on the road (though I suppose that would really only lead to another black market, mafia, and corruption).
the problem is... government should be setting standards for pollution. not deciding what technology is used by the car company to achieve that. if they are so worried why are they not implementing euro 4 early on in the indian market?pressure from maruti perhaps?get on par with european countries. at least implement Euro III throughout india. enforce pollution certification in each and every city.much of their effort is based in metro cities. why not cover the entire nation?they just have no courage.i am pretty sure a diesel powered CRDI engine car would be less polluting than a 5 year old Maruti 800 with 1L KM on its ODO.also... why are they not providing any kind of subsidy to reva car makers?why are they not encouraging toyota and honda to bring in their hybrids in the indian market?i am waiting for the mess tata's rs 1 lakh car would create on indian roads. doodh wala people would be traveling in cars now.
I am honestly still quite undecided what would be better:
a) Situation pre Tata 1L Car: Too many cars on Delhi roads, and people who can't afford cars on 2 wheelers and DTC/Blueline.
a) Situation post Tata 1L Car: Waaaaay too many cars on Delhi roads, but not as many 2 wheelers, DTC/blueline as before - no change.
However, as I see it the silver lining is that at least there will be less two wheelers weaving in between cars, driving without helmets, making turns onto roads without looking out for oncoming traffic, cutting red lights, weaving between cars at red light to stand at the front of the 'line' just to accelerate slower than cars and slow everyone down, creating lots of scratches and dents in their attempts to weave between cars.
Disclaimer: Not all two-wheel drivers are assholes. But most of them in Delhi are.
I think if we can improve compliance with traffic regulations (i.e. stopping at red lights, lane driving, giving right of way) with a dual effect of civic sense and better traffic police, traffic may actually improve with the elimination of two-wheelers. In a utopia at least.
Someone needs to put these environmentalists out of business first, starting with CSE. Al Gore now wants a carbon tax imposed and every government thinks bans and taxes are great solutions. What will happen is not a reduction in emissions but more business for accountants, more ambiguity and more cooked up figures to play with.Already reports are in circulation about the harmful effect biofuels are having on food prices. And every 'clean' technology is heavily subsidized. Carbon fuels and atomic energy are the only two guaranteed sources of power. Solar energy is great? Am not very sure. I would ask the question to people who have installed solar water heaters - do they get hot water when it is most required - in winter?If things keep moving in the direction they are at present, we will soon have to pay a tax for breathing (we are emitting CO2, aren't we?).