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BS-IV Vehicle Production To Be Stopped From April 2020: The Indian government has shared that all BS-IV vehicles will be discontinued from production in the country from April 1, 2020. The Supreme Court has made the final decision and it is officially against the law to sell cars which do not meet the new BS-VI emission norms, from April 2020.
It was in 2016 when the Indian government introduced BS-VI emission norms after skipping BS-V norms, altogether. While some manufacturers have already introduced cars and motorcycles which meet the regulations, some others are yet to implement them.
The decision made by a bench of three judges (headed by Justice Madan B Lokur) considered giving a grace period to manufacturers to make a shift towards BS-VI emission standards. After some discussion, they decided the final date of effect while also quoting that "cleaner fuel is the need of the hour".
Initially, various manufacturers had aksed for a grace period to sell BS-IV stocks claiming that there are allowed to make BS-IV vehicles till the 1st of March, 2020. They also added that the country is making a rapid shift to BS-VI norms.
Hence, grace periods till June 30 and September 30, 2020 have been given to BS-IV-compliant four-wheelers and heavy transport vehicles, respectively. The government believes that this time period is enough for manufacturers to meet the new BS-VI emission norms.
This rapid shift to the updated emission norms is quite a challenge for both automotive manufacturers and petroleum industries. While various vehicles brands have to develop the required technology to produce the ‘cleaner' engines, refineries have to supply better-quality fuels. This will require a lot of initial investment.
Thoughts On Non-BS-VI Vehicles Being Discontinued
With the government becoming more strict on emission standards, manufacturers are forced to make fuel-efficient and low-emission engines for their products. This could also lead to an increased acceptance of vehicles running on alternative fuels and electric power. Currently, there are three BS-VI-compliant cars on sale in India: Mercedes-Benz S 350 d, Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain and BMW X1 sDrive20i.