The Supreme Court has directed automobile manufacturers not to sell Bharat Stage III (BS-III) vehicles from April 1, 2017. The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had sought the ban of such vehicles stating that the manufacturers had the necessary wherewithal to
Beginning next month, the more stringent BS IV emission norms would come into force. The Supreme Court declined the plea that manufactures may be allowed to sell the existing stock of vehicles.
Back in 2005 and then subsequently in 2010, the honorable court had allowed manufacturers to sell exiting stocks when new emission norms came into being. This time however, such permission has not been granted.
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) stated that more than 8, 00,000 vehicles comprising of commercial vehicles, two-wheelers and four-wheelers are lying as stocks with various manufactures. The latest directives may thus entail a loss of nearly 12,000 crore to numerous players in the industry.
A two member bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta opined that the health of scores of citizens was more important that the economic interest of automobile manufacturers. The directives come in the wake of rising concerns about climatic changes and adverse effects of global warming.
Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto hailed the decision. He was quoted as saying to CNBC-TV18, “We are delighted by the SC order on BS-III vehicle ban. We will be zero BS-111 stock by 1 April in three wheelers. This is the signal that things are changing.”