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SC Bans Sale and Registration of Non-BS-IV Compliant Vehicles

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a big blow to automobile manufacturers by banning the sale and registration of vehicles which are not compliant with BS-IV emission norms.

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Updated:March 29, 2017, 5:48 PM IST
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SC Bans Sale and Registration of Non-BS-IV Compliant Vehicles
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a big blow to automobile manufacturers by banning the sale and registration of vehicles which are not compliant with BS-IV emission norms.

A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta ruled that the ban for vehicles meeting only BS-III emission norms will come into effect from April 1 across the country.

“Health of the people is far far more important than the commercial interest of automobile manufactures,” the bench said.

The BS-IV emission norms will come into force from April 1, 2017.

The top court had yesterday reserved its verdict on pleas seeking ban on the sale and registration of BS-III compliant vehicles after April 1.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) had earlier submitted data on manufacturing and sale of BS-III vehicles on a monthly basis from January 2016 and told the court that the companies were holding stock of around 8.24 lakh such vehicles including 96,000 commercial vehicles, over six lakh two-wheelers and around 40,000 three-wheelers.

The manufacturers had also told the court that they were allowed to sell their stocks with old emission norms when new technology was brought in force on the previous two occasions at the time the industry had switched to BS-II and BS-III in 2005 and 2010.

(With PTI inputs)

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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