MAY 17, 2016 06:16 PM PDT

India bans diesel taxis in New Delhi to clean up air pollution


Diesel taxi drivers in New Delhi are concerned for their livelihoods because of the recent ban on diesel taxis in the city. Diesel drivers are concerned about turning their cars into engines that can run on petrol or natural gas, citing that it is very expensive.

The ban stems from the record pollution that New Delhi experienced in the last several months, covering the whole region with a foggy haze and winning the area with the untasteful prize of "Most Polluted City in the World."

In addition to banning diesel taxis, city officials hoping to combat the pollution also instigated a ban on odd and even number passengers in cars on certain days. Another alternative is banning license plates starting with certain numbers or letters from driving on certain days.

Yet however clear the need for these environmental measures are, leaders of the taxi drivers union are complaining that they are being unfairly punished and targeted. Environmentalists point out that this is inaccurate, but that does nothing to curb the drivers' fear of how to pay for their children's school fees and food.
About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
NOV 07, 2018
Health & Medicine
NOV 07, 2018
Here's How Far Your Sneeze Can Travel
When you get stuck with a cold or the flu, sneezes are inevitable. But have you ever wondered how far your sneezes travel? As it turns out, your sneeze may...
NOV 11, 2018
Videos
NOV 11, 2018
The Island That Suddenly Disappeared
An island, consisting of a strip of gravel and sand and was important for the survival of beleaguered seals and sea turtles, has suddenly vanished after be...
NOV 14, 2018
Plants & Animals
NOV 14, 2018
Here's What Happens When a Fly Lands on Your Food
If you’re like me, then you probably hate it when flies land on your food. But why is it such a big deal anyway? When flies land on your food, it&rsq...
DEC 02, 2018
Space & Astronomy
DEC 02, 2018
Here's Why Harvard Scientists Believe Oumuamua Could Have Been an Alien Spacecraft
  When an interstellar object came sailing through our solar system last year, it astonished astronomers because they couldn’t quite categorize...
DEC 03, 2018
Health & Medicine
DEC 03, 2018
Why Do Some Men Have Trouble Growing Beards?
There are two types of men in this world: those that can grow robust beards, and those that can’t. But why is it that some men get stuck with patchy,...
DEC 12, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
DEC 12, 2018
Tooth-rejuvenating Hydrogels as Alternative to Root Canal Therapy
When the tooth's pulp has a baterial infection, the sensitive nerve endings can become painfully inflamed. Root canal therapy, also known as the endodo...
Loading Comments...