The Supreme Court has imposed a ban on sale of BS-III vehicles from April 1, when the Bharat Stage (BS)-IV emission norms for vehicles will come in force. The Supreme Court also clarified that no new BS-III registration will be allowed from April 1. However, BS-III vehicles sold prior to March 31 will be allowed to register and will need to have proof of sale date.
The apex court said that it was important for the auto industry to move away from commercial losses and focus on environment norms given the hazardous pollution condition. A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta observed that “health of the people is far, far more important than the commercial interest of automobile manufactures.” BS-IV vehicles have 80 per cent less particulate matter (PM) and 50 per cent less NOx emissions, according to a research finding. Concerns over alarming rise in pollution level had prompted the transport ministry to announce an early shift to BS-IV last year.