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Supreme Court bans registration of BS-IV vehicles till further orders.


New Delhi, July 31 (HS) Supreme Court on Friday banned on registration of BS-IV vehicles till further orders. The SC expressed displeasure on the sale of large number of BS-IV vehicles during Covid-19 lockdown. The next hearing into the matter would be on August 13.

In its last hearing on July 24, the SC gave more time to Centre to file affidavit of Vaahan data on registration of Bharat Stage (BS)-IV vehicles.

The top court had also rejected FADA's request to allow exports to African countries. Auto dealer association FADA had knocked SC doors urging the court to reconsider decision on disallowing sale and registration of BS-4 vehicles with effect from April 1, 2020. 

The apex court in its hearing observed that manufacturers were aware about BS IV deadline. The Apex Court on July 8 had recalled its March 27 order in which it had allowed sale of BS-IV vehicles for 10 days across India, except in Delhi-NCR, after lifting of COVID-19 induced lockdown.

The top court had on March 27 said it was permitting sale of 10 percent of unsold BS-IV vehicles to make up for six days lost due to the nationwide lockdown which was imposed on March 25.

Bharat Stage (BS) emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. The BS-IV norms have been enforced across the country since April, 2017. In 2016, the Centre had announced that India would skip the BS-V norms altogether and would adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.

Hindusthan Samachar