The National Green Tribunal (NGT), the green court, has banned the sales and registration of the new two wheelers in new Delhi that do not comply with the Bharat Stage IV emission norms. The decision will come into force from April 1, 2016. While, the existing two-wheeler models that are launched till March 2016 are obligated to upgrade to BS-IV standards from April 1, 2017. This call is certainly a matter of worry for the bike manufacturers that recently introduced new BS-III compliant models, including Royal Enfield Himalayan, Bajaj V15 and new Suzuki Access 125.
Delhiites will not be able to register these three motorbikes within the city, but allowed to own a unit registered in NCR region or any other state. Considering the government’s decision, Royal Enfield has announced to bring-in a BS-IV compliant version of the recently-launched Himalayan in Delhi very soon. Though, the bike will be available at the showrooms for display. The bikemaker also confirmed that it will upgrade its existing product lineup to BS-IV standards, including Continental GT and Thunderbird, before the deadline.
Commenting on the ban, Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO Eicher Motors Ltd., said “The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been registered across all states in India and will be available across the country in a phased manner. In Delhi as of now the Himalayan is not being registered as the NGT decision came in last minute. It is available in NCR for test rides and bookings. We are working with the authorities to resolve this situation along with several other manufacturers who are facing the same issue.”