From 1st April 2017, the sale of any Bharat Stage lll or BS lll vehicles is banned by the decision of Supreme Court. It’s in harmony with the deadline of government to adopt the new emissions cycle pan-India. Here is everything to be noted about the ruling of the Supreme Court:
- Indian automobile industry has been directed by the Supreme Court to halt the sale and registration of any Bharat Stage lll vehicle, with the effect from 1st April, 2017.This will put a full stop to the controversy around the topic raging since January this year.
- The Apex Court has asked the vehicle manufacturers which are affected with the ban decision, to use the rest of the days in March to try and sell any inventory left. Some manufacturers said that this is unattainable, and will now either require to recall and upgrade these vehicles or to export them to markets where they are still liable.
- As per the Supreme Court, ‘the health of the people is far, far more important than the commercial interests of the manufacturers or the loss that they are likely to suffer.’ The step taken has been appreciated by environmentalists and the EPCA – which had even called for a meeting with the auto industry in October 2016 to see the readiness of the industry to move to BS lV across India.
- When the industry had appealed the court to relax the deadline, on 20th March it asked the auto players to submit details of BS lll inventory they held collectively. Numbers submitted by the SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) 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.)
- Top 13 cities in India had moved to BS lV in 2010, the remaining needed migration to the new norms in phases – the last of which will be completely adopted by April this year.
- In March 2014, the government had issued a notification, which stated that any new model getting introduced in the market will need to be BS lV complaint if launched after April 2016. It was observed that the introduction if many new BS lV complaint car and boke models in 2016 was the result. The notification also stated the compulsory transition to BS lV of existing models by 1st April. Some players like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, and Bajaj had moved their entire portfolio (including existing models) to BS IV well before the second deadline.
- Citing the inventory level, many dealers and distributors in the auto industry had asked for stretching of the deadline on sales of already manufactured BS III vehicles. The court denied to provide this caveat and asked them to abide by the order of law and carry out a complete transition.
- The decision of ban is on the manufacture and sale of new vehicles and will not affect in any way to the vehicles you have already purchased or currently using. This is also applicable on the vehicles which are booked and invoiced, and yet not delivered to the ultimate buyer.
- The current owners of cars and bikes are free to sell their BS lll vehicles in second hand market and people can also buy BS lll second hand vehicle. The ban is only imposed on sale of brand new vehicles.
- A pan-India transition from BS lll to BS lV is also for improving the fuel quality to BS lV. As BS lV is feasible in India, people need not to worry about using BS lV fuel in older vehicles. This has been already tested in the case of 13 big cities, which have moved to BS lV in 2010.
As a result of this notice from SC , automobile companies are giving unexpected discounts upto 25% on their vehicles till 31st march and many two wheeler dealers went out of stock after so high number of sales on 30th march.