The Supreme Court of India has banned the sale of any BS III or Bharat Stage III automobiles across India, w.e.f. April 1, 2017. This is a result of the government deadline to adopt the new emissions cycle pan-India. Below are five things you need to know about the decision of the Supreme Court.
- The Supreme Court has given directions to the Indian automobile industry to stop the sale and registration of any BS III vehicle from April 1 2017. This as result puts an end to the discussions around the topic that has been around since January this year.
- SC has asked the affected automobile manufacturers to use the last few days of March to try and sell ant inventory of the BS III vehicles. Some of the companies have said it may be impossible to do so, and will now either recall and upgrade these vehicles or export them to markets where present emission norms would still make them worthwhile.
- India’s top court said ‘the health of the people is far, far more important that the commercial interests of the manufacturers or the loss that they are likely to suffer.’ The decision has been celebrated by the EPCA and environmentalists- which even had a meeting with the auto industry in October 2016 to assess the readiness of the industry to move to BS IV across India.
- After the Indian automobile industry put a petition in the court to extend the deadline, on March 20, 2017, it has asked auto players to submit details of the BS III inventory they held as a whole. Number submitted by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) show that it stands at 8.24 lakh vehicles (0.96 lakh Commercial Vehicles, 6.71 lakh Two Wheelers, 0.40 lakh Three Wheelers and a mere 0.16 lakh Passenger Cars.)
- The ban on BS III vehicles is on the manufacture and sale of new automobiles- and won’t affect vehicles you may have already bought and are present using. This also applies to vehicles that may be booked and invoiced, and not yet delivered to actual owner.