Come April 2017, all the vehicles, including electric rickshaws and cars manufactured in India, will have to furnish details about the emission levels including noise levels as the Ministry of Road Transport made an amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Act.
Earlier this week, the ministry amended Form 22 under the Central Motor Vehicles Act, which provides the certification of compliance with pollution standards, safety and quality of the components and road-worthiness of the vehicles. As per the notification issued on October 18, manufacturers will have to provide emission details for each vehicle in the amended Form 22. Earlier, emission details were required for an entire batch of cars being manufactured and not for individual vehicles. “This will include the brand, chassis number, engine number (motor number, in case of battery-operated or electric vehicles) and emission norms of the vehicle and will specify the levels of each pollutant like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, non-methane HC, NOx, HC + NOx, PM etc. for petrol and diesel vehicles. It will also mention the sound level for horn and pass-by noise values,” said the notification issued by the ministry.
The amended rules will apply to all vehicles run on petrol, CNG, LPG, electric, diesel and hybrid, including agricultural and construction vehicles, as well as electric rickshaws and carts.
From April 1, Form 22 will be issued with the signature of the manufacturer. In the case of e-rickshaws and e-carts, this form will be issued with the signature of an authorised signatory of a registered e-rickshaw or e-cart association.
In January this year, the government decided to implement stricter emission norms of Bharat Stage (BS) VI from April 1, 2020 by skipping BS-V altogether. At present, BS IV norms are followed in parts of India and by April 1, 2017, the whole country is scheduled to be covered under it. The decision to leapfrog to BS-VI was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting in January.
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