The Indian government has amended Form 22 of the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1989, through which vehicle manufacturers to make the declaration of emissions levels mandatory for all vehicles manufacturers (including electric) from the start of the next financial year.
As per current norms, Form 22 only certifies that the vehicle in question is in compliance with the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act and rules there under including those regarding emission norms in the country (Bharat Stage I, II, III, IV).
The rules are set undergo a huge change as vehicle manufacturers including those making electric vehicles will have to give detailed declaration about the emission levels of the vehicle they have manufactured.
As per the amendments done to Form 22 by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the amended form will include the brand, chassis number, engine number (motor number, in case of electric vehicles) and emission norms (BS IV or VI) the vehicles comply with.
However, the manufacturers will have to specify the levels of each pollutant being shoved out of the tailpipe like carbon monoxide (CO), Nitrous Oxide, along with sound emission levels.
The new rules will go into effect on April 1, 2017.