Bajaj Auto today announced that every two and three-wheeler made by the company since january 2017 meet BS-IV norms, which will come into effect April 1, 2017. This move makes Bajaj the first company to meet the new regulations well before the deadline.
The Central Pollution Control Board had earlier confirmed that BS-III compliant vehicles will not be registered or be sold anywhere in the country, starting April 1, 2017. Some vehicle manufacturers however, have requested the deadline be extended.
Speaking during the Press Meet, Rajiv Bajaj, the Managing Director of Bajaj Said, "Bajaj Auto as a responsible corporate has complied with this directive and had already commenced manufacturing of BS IV complaint vehicles from October 2016."
"Moreover, with effect from Jan 2017 all products from all our 3 plants are BS IV compliant. We have thus ensured that all vehicles presented for registration from 1 April, 2017 onwards will be BS IV compliant. This has been possible because of meticulous planning for dealer stocks and switching over to production of BS IV compliant vehicles well in advance."
He added, "It is also pertinent to point out that tightening emission to meet BS IV norms comes at a substantial cost. All those who do not change over on time will commercially benefit by selling their products at a lower price in case the amnesty is granted. Therefore, the manufacturers who have followed all directives in letter and spirit will actually end up being penalized."
The first motorcycle to roll out of Bajaj's plant with a BS-IV spec engine was the Dominar 400 pictured in the image gallery below.