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SC to car makers: Give details of unsold BS-III vehicles

LiveMint logoLiveMint 20-03-2017 Apurva Vishwanath

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought details of unsold BS-III vehicles from car makers.

“Give us details for your unsold inventory and month-wise figures of BS-III vehicles manufactured after December 2015,” the court said.

The court had directed Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) to collect to submit the data by 24 February.

A bench headed by justice Madan B. Lokur was hearing a plea filed by Bajaj Auto seeking to cease sales of Bharat Stage-III (BS-III) vehicles from 1 April.

Even as production of vehicles compliant with BS-IV emission norms is set to begin from 1 April across the country, car makers are unsure of the fate of BS-III vehicles unsold in their inventories.

In January 2014, the Centre had notified that all vehicles—passenger and commercial—must be BS-IV compliant. Several car makers have said that the notification is unclear as to whether the notification applies only to manufacture of vehicles or even sale.

Siam told the court that about 20,000 passenger vehicles, 750,000 two-wheelers, three-wheelers, about 4,500 three-wheelers and 75,000 commercial vehicles, which are BS-III compliant, might be unsold.

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