Will users of automobiles - not just in Delhi but in other cities too - feel more responsible about their role in the state of the environment today? Will this affect their choice of vehicle, petrol or diesel? Large car or small? Or will it be business as usual? afaqs! talked to four experts only to get a divided house.
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Hormazd Sorabjee, editor, Autocar India and car nut
A long-term road map with tough regulations to keep pollution in check is the best way forward. This will encourage more environment-friendly technologies in cars.
Ashish Masih, editor-in-chief, Autoportal.com
The sale of second-hand petrol variants and hybrids will go up in the coming years. The government is, moreover, mulling over the introduction of BS-VI sooner than it should be. Since the auto industry is not yet ready for the same, all the additional cost that it incurs will eventually be passed on to customers. CNG will therefore become a preferred alternative, because in addition to being a clean fuel, it is also cost-effective.
Ranojoy Mukerji, auto expert
Generally speaking, customers buy what makes economic sense to them. For instance, nobody buys a five-star electronic product over a three-star one to save the environment, but instead, to save electricity, and hence, money. However, the industry has been affected as there are fewer car purchases being made at this point. But that's because nobody is sure what is going to happen; whether the diesel ban will continue or not? The entire MUV (Multi Utility vehicle) and SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) segment has been badly hit as one cannot register diesel cars above 2000 cc till March 31.
Although there has been the indirect benefit of de-congestion on the roads, the air quality has not improved much. All studies have shown that cars are not contributing to pollution in a major way. Moreover, there's so much hue and cry over PM2.5 and NOx (mono-nitrogen oxides) that no one wants to talk about the ill-effects of CNG, which is a carcinogenic fuel.
Uber spokesperson, UberPool (UberPool was launched in the city following the Delhi Government's decision to implement the odd-even rule)
During the odd-even experiment, there has been a behavioural shift where people have shown an inclination to be a part of the solution. Carpooling means better asset utilisation and the response from masses confirms that there is a shift in trend from pride in ownership to asset sharing. The scheme has pushed people to use alternative modes of transportation and made them think of the impact that using under-utilised cars can have on the environment.