The justice bench also stated that shifting to cleaner fuel is the “need of the hour”.
The Indian automobile industry is all set to witness a major change with the upgrade of BS6 (equivalent to Euro 6) norms by 2020. The emission regulations will help control air pollution by reducing NOx (Nitrogen oxides), Carbon Monoxide, Hydrocarbons and Particulate matter released from combustion engines. In fact, Delhi/NCR has already became the first city to get the BS6-fuel.
Recently, the Supreme Court has clarified that the BS6 cars will be manufactured or retailed in India from April, 2020. The bench of three judges, lead by Justice Madan B Lokur, made this decision after hearing a plea by the government asking to allow car manufacturers to sell BS4 vehicles produced till March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020, so that the car companies can clear out their stock inventory. Read – Uniform Smart Driving Licenses & RCs Across India In 2019
The apex court made it very clear that no BS4 vehicles (whether its cars, two-wheelers or commercial vehicles) will be retailed in the country after the BS6 norms enforcement, i.e. from April 1, 2020. The justice bench also stated that shifting to cleaner fuel is the “need of the hour”. It’s important as the cars that are currently BS6-ready cannot meet the emission standards on the non-BS6 fuel sold across the nation. Read – China’s Auto Giant ‘Great Wall Motors’ To Enter India
As per the earlier government notification, BS5 emission norms were to be enforced in 2019, followed by BS6 in 2023. In 2016, however, the government announced to skip BS5 and rollout BS6 by 2020. The carmakers and oil companies are certainly not prepared for such major shift. While the carmakers are developing new technologies to meet the upcoming emission norms, the fuel suppliers are making huge investments for upgrading their refineries.