SC bans sale, registration of BS-III vehicles

Observing that the health of people was "far more important", the Supreme Court on Wednesday said vehicles that do not comply with BS-IV emission norms can not be sold in the country after April 1, 2017.

According to The Hindustan Times, the ruling could deal a Rs 12,000-crore blow to auto manufactures as about 820,000 vehicles, a lot of them two-wheelers, are lying unsold.

Even though the number of unsold stock of BS III is small, keeping in view of public health concerns, commercial interests are not important, the judges held. After the order by the court, all the BS-III Inventory will become obsolete on April 1st and so, whopping discounts on bikes, three-wheelers, trucks and buses have been offered to clear all the stock till 31st of March.

The Bench of Justices MB Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said, "In the vehicles which do not have BS-IV emission norms, they will not be sold from April 1". SIAM said the existing law allows sale of BS-III compliant vehicles and that this fact was ignored by the court.

The Supreme Court of India has banned the sale of any Bharat Stage III or BS III vehicles across India, with effect from April 1st, 2017. "I believe 90% of the BS III stock has been sold", Sanghi said.

Showrooms across the city were abuzz with customers as vehicle dealers showered discounts ranging from 40 to 45 per cent on some BS III vehicles.

"The Supreme Court's order restraining the manufactures from selling BS-III vehicles from April 1 onwards is a welcome step and a historic step towards cleaner vehicles". Similarly, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India are offering discounts of up to Rs 10,000.

The SC had said that buyers can register the BS-III vehicles after April 1 2017 provided they show proof of purchase dated before April 1.

The manufacturers had also told the court that if new technology does not come, they should have permission to sell old-technology vehicles. The standards are set by the Central Pollution Control Board under the Ministry of Environment & Forests and climate change.

The order points out that Maruti Suzuki has completely switched over to the manufacture of BS-IV vehicles and that there's no reason that other manufacturers couldn't do the same.

  • Zachary Reyes