India bans BS-III vehicles from April 1
After March 31, India will switch to BS-IV fuel across the country. The shift to BS-IV ensures that auto industry will move to BS-VI by 2020. Concerns over alarming rise in pollution level had prompted the transport ministry to announce early shift to BS-IV last year.
BS-IV vehicles have 80 percent less particulate matter (PM) and 50 percent less NOx emissions, according to a research finding.
The Supreme Court also clarified that no new BS-III registration will be allowed April 1 onwards. However, BS-III vehicles sold prior to March 31 will be allowed to register and will need to have proof of sale date for those vehicles.
The apex court said that the auto companies were aware of the notification, yet decided to sit back. It added it is important for the industry to move away from commercial losses and focus on environment norms given hazardous pollution condition.
According to the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) data, nearly 20,000 dealers will be impacted financially due to the ban. Dealers tend to keep stock of vehicles with them and sell them when the demand for them rises. ■