In a bid to curb emissions from the vehicles based on outdated technology, the Central government has proposed to set the registration deadline for BS-IV standard vehicles to June 30, 2020.While the government had already ordered the implementation of the Bharat Standard-VI compliant cleaner transport fuels across the nation by April 2020 and by April 2018 in Delhi, it has now invited suggestions and objections in a draft notification on the Central Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 2017."New motor vehicles conforming to Emission Standard Bharat Stage-IV, manufactured before 1st April 2020 shall not be registered after 30th June 2020," said the notification.It added that if the new motor vehicles of category M (eight-seater cars) and category N (trucks), conforming to Emission Standard Bharat Stage-IV and manufactured before April 1, 2020, and sold in the form of drive-away chassis, then they will not be registered after September 30, 2020.
At par with its Europen counterpart "Euro-VI", under the BS-VI standard fuel, petrol and diesel are at the same level of emissions. Apart from this, while BS IV-compliant fuels which are currently being used in the country, has 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur, BS VI emits a low 10 ppm.The move is being welcomed by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) that had earlier in April this year recommended to the apex court that only BS-VI emission standards compliant vehicles should be allowed to be sold from April 1, 2020.
"This is a welcoming move as after the Petroleum Ministry (on BS-VI implementation), the Ministry of Road Transport has taken a wise step," Usman Naseem, a researcher at the Centre for Science and Environment and member of the EPCA, told IANS.He added that earlier the automobile industries contended its suggestions regarding the introduction of the BS-VI compliant vehicles citing the lack of technology."The same auto manufacturers had been making cars in Europe where Euro-VI is compulsory, so their logic failed," Naseem said.
Currently, only BS-IV compliant vehicles are being registered across the nation, after the Supreme Court ordered that no BS-III vehicles shall be registered after April 1, 2017, onwards. The move, however, did not came well on the auto industries, except only a hand few, due to a huge stock of BS-III compliant vehicles.The government had earlier made it clear that India shall shift directly to BS-VI, skipping BS-V.