The Supreme Court on Friday called for the family planning of cars owned by a household on the lines of “Hum Do Hamare Do” campaign as it expressed concern over one person having as many as five cars.
A bench of Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta expressed concern over Delhi residents owning multiple cars, resulting in congestion on roads and pollution.
“Every earning member of a family has a car, but one man having five cars! There should be a family planning of cars,” said Justice Mishra.
“Neighbourhood relationships are nowadays getting destroyed due to growing vehicle population as people keep fighting for parking space in colonies. Can’t we have a family planning policy for cars like ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’ ?” the bench questioned.
“An earning hand having a car is understandable,” said Justice Arun Mishra sitting with Justice Deepak Gupta, “but a person possessing five cars — there should be a family planning of cars a household possesses.”
The court was hearing an application filed by Bajaj Auto seeking removal of the cap on auto rickshaws in the city which the SC had fixed at one lakh.
“It is estimated that while two-wheelers and cars travel some 50-60 km per day on an average, three-wheelers travel 120 km/day, buses 210 km/day and taxis like Ola and Uber some 400 km/day. The cap on registration of three-wheelers may be removed immediately provided that the vehicles are BS-VI CNG/petrol/LPG etc or battery operated,” said a report submitted by advocate Aparajita Singh.
The report talked about how per-capita emission of public transport vehicles was lower than private vehicles and they also travelled longer distances every day.