NEW DELHI: The authorities have kick-started the Off-Even scheme to combat the severe air pollution in the national capital. As per the instructions, only the even-numbered vehicles will be allowed on Delhi roads on the first day.
The Odd-Even scheme was introduced by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to combat air pollution in 2016.
The scheme will be functional from 4th November to 15th November.
Women only drivers, two-wheelers, emergency vehicles and VIP vehicles have been exempted from the Odd-Even scheme.
On even dates, even-numbered will be allowed on the road whereas odd vehicles will be allowed on odd dates. The rule is effective from 8 am till 8 pm every day except Sundays.
The penalty to those who don't comply has been hiked from 2000 in 2016 to 4000 this year.
VIP vehicles who have been exempted from this ruling include the president, the prime minister, governors, chief justice of India, Lok Sabha speaker, ministers and opposition of Lok sabha and Rajya sabha.
Ministers of Delhi including chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will not be exempted from this ruling.
CNG vehicles that are privately owned will not be exempted but CM Kejriwal said that he encourages such vehicles.
Cabs such as Uber and Ola will not be exempted but both these services agreed to provide bike-taxis to improve first and last-mile connectivity during these 12 days.
Private bus services will be available during the peak time in Delhi. QuickRide will provide carpool services during this period.
Air pollution levels are at "hazardous" and the Air Quality Index showed levels as high as 600 in many places. Stubble burning in neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana followed by bursting of firecrackers during Diwali.