In what might be a major blow to the automotive industry, the Supreme Court has announced that the BS IV vehicles will not be registered after April 1, 2020.
The Bharat stage emission standards are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.
The Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norm would come into force from April 1, 2020 across the country.
A three judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur made it clear that only BS VI compliant vehicle shall be sold in the country from that date.
The bench said the need of the hour was to move to a cleaner fuel. BS IV norms have been enforced across the country since April 2017.
In 2016, the Centre had announced that the country would skip BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.
According to the draft rules published by the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways to amend the Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 2017, production of BS-IV vehicles too wouldn’t be permitted from April 1, 2020.
Several manufactures recorded huge losses in 2017 after the Supreme Court banned the sale and registration of BS-III vehicles beyond March 31, 2017, which was also the date set by the government to stop production of such vehicles.
(With inputs from PTI)