New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) The Delhi government has announced an odd-even formula for restricting the number of motor vehicles on public roads, which is to be implemented from Friday, January 1, 2016.
According to this formula, a motor vehicle whose registration number ends in an odd digit will be allowed on the roads on odd-numbered dates and a vehicle whose registration number ends in an even digit will be allowed to be driven on roads on even-numbered dates.
* The odd-even formula is being tried on a pilot basis initially for 15 days starting January 1, 2016, and will apply between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily except on Sundays.
* Two-wheeler riders, lone women drivers, and women drivers with kids below 12 years will be exempted from the odd-even formula.
* All CNG-fuelled vehicles with certificates will be allowed to run.
* The formula will only be applicable to private cars. Cabs, buses, trucks and other commercial vehicles will be exempted from the restrictions.
* Four-five thousand additional buses and 10,000 new auto-rickshaws will be added as public transport.
* Metro train frequency will be increased.
* Exemption will be allowed to the vehicles of the President of India, Vice-President, the Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition, Speakers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Lokayukta, Governors of states, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, chief ministers of states except Delhi, the judges of the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts.
* Vehicles of paramilitary forces, foreign embassy vehicles, and vehicles bearing defence ministry number plates will also be exempted.
* A fine of Rs.2,000 will be imposed for not following the odd-even formula.
* Vehicles on their way to hospital in a medical emergency will also be exempted, if they carry proof.
* Emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire tenders, prison vans, hearses and enforcement vehicles will also be exempted.