The Union road transport and highways ministry on Wednesday said that it has asked state governments to determine the penalty for General Motors India, which is under the scanner for violation of emission norms.
ďThe concerned state governments, where these productions units are, are being asked to look at the extent of the faults and determine the penalty,Ē road secretary Vijay Chibber said. He said that penalty, if any, will be determined as per the Motor Vehicles Act, which provides for financial and other penalties.
The department of heavy industry along with the road ministry, has instituted a committee headed by National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) CEO, Nitin Gokarn, to probe into the recall of 1.14-lakh units of Chevrolet Tavera by General Motors India for violation of emission norms.
GM India has also admitted to the government that its internal probe revealed the company had violated testing norms and its employees re-fitted already approved engines in new Tavera models sent for inspection, in an attempt to meet specified emission norms. Following the recall, the largest in India, GM India had stopped production and sale of the Tavera BSIII on June 4 and the Tavera BSIV on July 2 and dismissed several employees for violation of company policy.
This committee, meanwhile, has started the process of changing the procedure of followed during testing of vehicles and is likely to submit its report soon.