The Supreme Court of India has ruled that no Bharat Stage IV vehicle shall be sold across the country with effect from April 1, 2020. Instead, the Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norm would come into force from April 1, 2020, across the country. A three-judge bench ruled that the need of the hour was to move to a cleaner fuel. In 2016, the Centre announced that the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.
In light of the same, India Yamaha Motor has announced that the company will start rolling out BS-VI compliant models of its vehicles in a phased manner starting from November 2019. It also added that the imminent shift towards the new norms will subject the models to a price hike of 10 - 15 per cent on average depending upon the product features. The company, however, will standardize offsetting benefits in selected two-wheeler models like ‘Side stand switch’. This feature prevents the engine to start till the side stand is withdrawn completely.
"Yamaha team is industriously working to live up to the company’s commitment and it is quite likely that the BS-VI compatible Yamaha motorcycles & scooters will arrive in the market well before the recommended deadline of April 2020. To be precise, the company will rejig its line up with BS-VI compatible motorcycles and scooters in several phases starting as early as November 2019 for motorcycles and January 2020 with scooters" the company said in a statement.