Supreme Court bans sale of BS III vehices from April 1, 2017

Editor@Throttle|Updated: March 29, 2017 16:28
The Supreme Court has banned the sale of BS-III vehicles, saying that the health of citizens is more important than the commercial interests of auto manufacturers. The apex court directed that no BS-III vehicle shall be registered from April 1, 2017  and turned down the plea of automobile manufactures to allow them to dispose of 8.2 lakh such vehicles. 

The ban on the sale and registration of BS-III vehicles was sought in an application moved by senior counsel Harish Salve, who is amicus curiae in the air pollution matter. Salve had earlier told the court that most of the automobile manufacturers continued with the production of BS-III emission norm vehicles even as the March 31, 2017, deadline for halt to their production was approaching. Salve had told the court that there were 16,000 BS-III cars, 96,720 trucks, 40,000 three-wheelers and 6,71,000 two-wheelers. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM), Tata Motors, Honda, Yamaha and the dealers' body have opposed ban on sale of BS III vehicles after March 31, contending that they would suffer losses by curbs on the registration of their BS III emission norm vehicles.
In order to comply with the BS IV (Bharat Stage IV) norms - 2 and 3 wheeler manufacturers will have to fit an evaporative emission control unit, which should lower the amount of fuel that is evaporated when the motorcycle is parked. BS IV compliant vehicles will lower emission levels of pollutants like NOx (Nitrogen oxides) , CO (carbon monoxide) and HC (Hydrocarbon) thereby reducing pollution.
Article source : TimesOfIndia