Supreme Court: Registration and sale of vehicles not compliant with the BS-IV emission norms banned from 1st April, 2017

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A division bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta of the apex court in a significant ruling prohibited the selling and registration of vehicles which are not compliant with the Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) emission norms from 1st April, 2017 pan India. The court made an observation that the “health of the people is far far more important than the commercial interest of automobile manufactures”. These emission norms come into operation from 1st April, 2017 throughout the country. 

The data on the sale and manufacturing of BS-III vehicles on a month to month basis i.e. January 2016 had been presented to the court by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). The court was also informed by SIAM, that the vehicle companies had also informed  the court that they were holding stock of approximately  eight lakhs twenty four thousand vehicles, which included ninety six thousand commercial vehicles, above 6 lakhs two-wheelers and about forty thousand three-wheelers.

The vehicle manufacturers also informed the court that on previous two occasions i.e. 2005 & 2010, they were allowed to sell their supply of vehicles with old emission norms even when the latest technology had come into operation and the industry had switched to Bharat Stage-II & Bharat Stage-III. 

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