SC seeks data on unsold BS-III vehicles

Asking the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) to get the figures of unsold BS-III emission norm-compliant vehicles from the automobile manufacturing companies, the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said it would decide on their pleas to allow the sale of BS-III vehicles beyond March 31 after examining the figures. Several auto makers have said that the notification is unclear as to whether the notification applies only to manufacture of vehicles or even sale.

Opposing the contention, SIAM said that the notification allows them to manufacture vehicles till March 31, and the ban should therefore not be made effective from April 1.

The decision came after India's two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto moved to the SC seeking to cease sale of BS III vehicles from April 1.

The Supreme Court will now take up the case on Friday after getting the details on how much stock each company is holding in its dealer and distributor pipeline.

The Supreme Court, on Monday, has asked all the automobile manufacturers to furnish details regarding unsold Bharat Stage-III (BS-III) vehicles. Bajaj Auto was the first two-wheeler manufacturer in India that announced its full compliance with BS-IV emission norms.

He added that the Indian auto industry has been the fastest in the world to upgrade its emission norms.

The manufacturing of BS-III vehicles in the country is restricted after April 1, 2017.

The judges wanted to know the break-down of figures of vehicles in various categories and those which are with the manufacturers and those with dealers.

With the compulsion of new BS-IV emission norms starting April 2017, it now seems that some vehicle manufacturers might be in trouble. This has resulted in a rise in costs of its vehicles between Rs 1,000 to Rs 7,000.

  • Arturo Norris