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No new Bharat Stage III vehicles from April 1, orders SC

The Supreme Court has banned registration of new Bharat Stage III vehicles as cleaner fuel used by Bharat Stage IV vehicles will be available across country 

 
By Usman Nasim
Last Updated: Thursday 30 March 2017
The order applies to all categories of vehicles, including two-wheelers and heavy duty vehicles (Credit: Vikas Choudhary/CSE)
The order applies to all categories of vehicles, including two-wheelers and heavy duty vehicles (Credit: Vikas Choudhary/CSE) The order applies to all categories of vehicles, including two-wheelers and heavy duty vehicles (Credit: Vikas Choudhary/CSE)

In a decision that is being hailed as step forward in the fight for clean air, the Supreme Court has ordered a ban on the registration of new Bharat Stage III vehicles effective April 1. The bench that included Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta stated that Bharat Stage-IV fuel (which is cleaner as compared to BS III) will be available nationwide from April 1, so there was no point registering more polluting vehicles. The automobile companies had presented their inventory data to the honourable Supreme Court, which showed that there was no ramping down of production over the last quarter.

The apex court, while giving its order, commented that health of millions of citizens was more important than commercial interests of manufacturers. The court also said that companies knew that BS-IV would come in force from April, yet, they chose to sit back and not take action to upgrade their technology to manufacture BS-IV vehicles.

The order applies to all categories of vehicles, including two-wheelers and heavy duty vehicles. Only vehicles that were ordered before March 31 can be sold, as per the court.

The Central government had earlier issued an order promising the availability of BS-IV fuel across India by April 1, 2017.

While presenting his arguments on the case, senior advocate and amicus curie Harish Salve said that the government had spent huge amount of money in upgrading refineries to produce much clean BS IV fuel in the country as compared to BS-III fuel. He reiterated that this amount has come from the tax-payers money and it should be used to give clean environment to the people and not to create profits for the big automobile companies.

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  • It is ok and a good move but what is the solution of stocks kept with the dealers. What dealers owner do? After this dealer under a big loss, i am a employee in a Tata Motors(CV)dealer in Assam. So tell me how my dealer me salary if there is no sale of vehicles, there is no any vehicle under BS4 norms.

    Posted by: Shaket Sharma | 2 years ago | Reply
  • The solution lies between the manufacturers and dealers relations. Without dealers, these big companies won’t be able to exhaust their production. So at this point of time, they should help the dealers or to buy back their vehicles and export to other countries where BS-IV fuel is not available.
    The April 2017 deadline was announced in 2010 for all vehicles and for two-wheelers in 2014. Refineries have already upgraded their technology, and this was done using tax payer money. Further, EPCA had directed in October 2016 to ramp up BS IV production and slow down BS III production in time for the 1st April deadline. Numbers show that there was no slowdown in production despite all this.
    There are some companies which have taken the steps to stop production of BS-III vehicles in advance. These include major car companies like Maruti Udyog Ltd, Toyota, Hyundai, General Motors and the leading two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto Ltd. They have been producing BS IV vehicles since 2010, and also have slowly expanded production capacity to cover more cities.

    Posted by: Usman Nasim | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Whenever we implement a new thing some troubles are always insists. It may be neglected. Good.

    Posted by: R. Valliappan | 2 years ago | Reply