On-road emission tests will be mandatory for vehicles plying on Indian roads once the Bharat Stage VI norm will begin from 2020.
Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the testing agency is developing a unified test cycle. The agency is currently working on ways to determine the on-road emission benchmarks at different stages of vehicle lifetime.
The new emission benchmark being set up by ARAI comes in the backdrop of the Volkswagen's diesel gate emission scandal which broke out in 2015.
Earlier in December 2015, Heavy Industries Ministry had said that the agency would conduct checks on emission levels of diesel passenger vehicles in India over a period of six months.
ARAI Director Rashmi Urdhwareshe said that it was explained to the ministry that we can take up that testing but as we migrate towards Bharat Stage VI regulations, in any case, real driving emissions will be part of the norms.
She added that their current focus is rather than doing individual vehicle measurements but to develop a test cycle based on which emission tests would be done along with Bharat Stage VI. By that time they will be ready with the test cycles, so that data collection has started.
She further added that they will be looking at the development of a unified test cycle which the manufacturers are expected to use in mapping their vehicles so that a user is assured that when tested in the laboratory as well as when actually the vehicle runs (its on-road performance is in line with the test results).
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