Supreme Court allows registration of BS-IV vehicles bought before lockdown

IANS
  • The SC allowed registration of BS-IV vehicles, which were sold before the nationwide lockdown in March, but couldn't get the registration process done.
  • The apex court noted that only those vehicles would be registered whose details were uploaded on the government's Vahan portal.
  • The BS6 emission norms were brought into effect in April 2020. But, the transition has not been as smooth as it was expected to be due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The Supreme Court of India on Thursday allowed registration of BS-IV vehicles, which were sold before the nationwide lockdown in March, but couldn't get the registration process done due to the coronavirus induced lockdown period.

However, the apex court noted that only those vehicles will be registered, which were bought before the lockdown and whose details were uploaded on the government's Vahan portal.

After this decision, nearly 39,000 BS-IV vehicles sold after that will not be eligible for registration.

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The BS-VI emission norms were brought into effect in April 2020. But this transition has not been as smooth as it was expected to be due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Following the appeal by the automotive industry, the Supreme Court on July 8 recalled its previous order (of March 27), which allowed the sale of BS-IV vehicles for ten days across India, except in Delhi National capital region (NCR), post lockdown. But it turned out that dealerships ended up selling more BS-IV vehicles than the court permitted, after which the court had to ban registration of BS-IV vehicles in India temporarily. Back then, it said it would have to examine whether these transactions were "genuine" or "backdated".

What are BS-VI norms?

Bharat Stage (BS) Emission Norms for the vehicles operated on the Indian roads were announced for the first time two decades back. Referred to as the VI stage of Bharat Stage Emission norms, the main difference between the BS-IV and the BS-VI norms is the amount of sulphur content in the emissions. While BS-IV compliant vehicles release 50 ppm (parts per million) sulphur, the BS-VI compliant vehicles will only release 10 ppm sulphur.
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BS-VI also comes with a critical change in the approval procedures for light-duty vehicles. It has mandated that portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS) be used for in-service commission testing. In 2018, the Supreme Court had issued a ban on the sales and registration of BS-IV vehicles from April 1, 2020.

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