Verdict reserved on sale of BS-III vehicles

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved for judgment the fate of stockpiled BS-III fuel emission compliant vehicles even as the next level BS-IV norms are scheduled to kick in from April 1.

The vehicle manufacturers had approached the court seeking clarity on whether the sale and registration of BS-III vehicles would be banned once the new emission norms come into force. Senior advocate A.M. Singhvi, appearing for the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), told the Bench that his clients need around a year’s time to dispose of the inventory of BS-III vehicles and the bulk of the stock can be sold in seven-eight months.

He said that phasing out of the vehicles should be done gradually as 41 automobile firms have manufactured 13 crore BS-III vehicles and their stock at present is 8.24 lakh. “We are companies of reputation. Don’t portray us as villains,” Mr. Singhvi submitted. He said that the move to stop the registration of vehicles after April 1, 2017 will be ambush on the auto sector.

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