The Supreme Court of India, on Friday, February 14, rejected the plea submitted by the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) to extend it’s ordered date of seizure to sale any BS-IV vehicles from March 2020. The apex court directed the automobile sellers in India to abide by it’s order dated October 2019 wherein it mandated prohibition to sell any more BS-IV compliant vehicles to any consumers.
In it’s October 2019 order, the apex court stated that the automobile sellers in India will have to shift to BS-VI compliant vehicles from April 2020. FADA, representing the automobile companies like Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Mahindra, etc. urged the apex court to provide extension of a month to well-off the backlogged stocks. However, the apex court repudiated their urge and asked the automobile companies to adhere to it’s deadline.
In a press release from FADA, the association clearly mentioned the apex court’s firm stand over it’s deadline of March 31, to be considered for clearing off all the BS-IV stocks. The automobile companies in India are in pressure from the supreme court to implement the BS-VI emission normed vehicles.
The BS-IV and BS-VI are emission norms under the Bharat Stage Emission Standard (BSES) controlled by the central government. BSES began the emission norms in the year 2000 with first stage known as ‘India 2000’. The second stage was announced in 2005 and it was coined as ‘BS-II’ while that announced in 2010 as ‘BS-III’.
The government of India skipped announcing any emission standard in 2015 but announced BS-IV in 2017. Now the government has announced the implementation of BS-VI effective April 1, 2020. The supreme court had also confirmed the proposal, in October 2019, by directing all the automobile companies in India to clear off their BS-IV compliant vehicles by March 31, 2020. The apex court had asked all the automobile companies to strictly adhere to the April 2020 pipelined BS-VI emission norms.