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Automakers to file review petition in SC against ban on BS III vehicles

LiveMint logoLiveMint 24-04-2017 Shally Seth

Mumbai: The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) is set to file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the apex court’s order of 29 March banning sales and registration of BS III vehicles after 31 March, said three people aware of the matter, who asked not to be identified. Siam officials did not respond to calls and text messages seeking comment.

“It’s going to be a prayer seeking permission for a window to allow sale of BS III vehicles,” said one of the people.

BS III stands for Bharat Stage III emission norms.

In submissions to the Supreme Court ahead of the 29 March ruling, automakers said there were 800,000 BS III two-wheelers, commercial vehicles (both small and large), passenger vehicles and three-wheelers compliant with BS III norms. Of these, around 100,000 were supposed to be commercial vehicles. The majority of these vehicles, around 670,000, were scooters and motorcycles. Companies offered substantial discounts on BS III scooters and motorcycles in the run up to the 31 March deadline.

Even as automakers abided by the order and stopped sale of BS III vehicles, they have been ruing about inconsistent regulations.

“As per the government notification, sales of BS III vehicles were allowed after 1 April. Now suddenly those BS III vehicles are banned. I find it quite frustrating that something like this happens,” Vinod Dasari, president of the auto industry told Press Trust of India after the 29 March order.

In January 2015, the government notified that all vehicles—passenger and commercial—must be BS IV compliant. Concerns over vehicular pollution prompted the government last year to proclaim that India would move up to the toughest automobile emission standards of BS VI by 2020, skipping an intermediate level.

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