Sales of BS-III vehicles banned from April 1, 2017

The Supreme Court of India has imposed a complete ban on sales of BS-III compliant vehicles in the country from April 1, 2017. This decision comes after the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) had appealed to the Supreme Court to allow sales of BS-III vehicles, even after the set deadline.

The Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM) has indicated that there are currently 8.2 lakh unsold BS-III vehicles in India. Cumulatively, this unsold stock amounts to Rs. 12,000 crore. FADA was thus claiming that imposing the sales ban on BS-III vehicles will result in huge losses to manufacturers as well as their dealers.

While announcing the ban on sales of BS-III vehicles, the apex court stressed on the fact that the deadline for adopting BS-IV norms was conveyed well in advance to all automotive manufacturers. As a result, no changes will be made to the emission norm deadline. While no new BS-III vehicle will be sold after April 1st, the Supreme Court has allowed registration of vehicles that have been sold before the said date. However, in order to register a BS-III vehicle after April 1, the owner will need to produce a proof, stating that the purchase was made prior to March 31.

Source: MoneyControl

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