The Supreme Court has banned the sale, registration of non-BS-IV compliant vehicles from April 1, 2017 across the country.
The Supreme Court observed that the health of the citizen is more important than the commercial interests of the automobile industry.
In its order a Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said, “On and from April 1, 2017, such vehicles that are not BS-IV compliant shall not be sold in India by any manufacturer or dealer, that is to say that such vehicles, whether two-wheeler, three- wheeler, four-wheeler or commercial vehicles will not be sold”
The court further prohibited registration of vehicles meeting Bharat Stage III standards on and from April 1. “All the vehicle registering authorities under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, are prohibited from registering such vehicles on and from April 1, 2017, that do not meet BS-IV emission standards, except on proof that such a vehicle has already been sold on or before March 31, 2017,” the court directed.
The Bharat Stage or BS-IV emission norms came into force from April 1, 2017.
Bharat stage emission standards’ are emission standards instituted by the Government of India to normalize the productivity of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment.
The standards and the timeline for implementation are set by the Central Pollution Control Board under the Ministry of Environment & Forests and Climate Change.
Bharat Stage norms are based on European regulations.
- SC bans sale, registration of non-BS-IV compliant vehicles, March 29, 2017, The Indian Express
- Explained: Bharat Stage IV emission norms and the history behind it, March 29, 2017, Business Standard
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