BS-IV vehicles needed for public utility services & purchased up to March 31to be registered.
The Supreme Court on Friday said that BS-4 diesel vehicles purchased before April 1 can be registered for use in essential services. Municipal corporations and Delhi Police have been allowed to use them for public and essential purposes.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde ordered that diesel vehicles purchased before 1 April is used for essential public utilities, The registers will be done on the basis of BS-4 standards and registration of BS-6 vehicles purchased after April 1 will be done on the basis of BS-4 standards.
The Bench also allowed the registration of CNG vehicles, following all the conditions and rules. The Supreme Court has stated in its decision that an application was given in front of the bench for registration of three types of vehicles CNG vehicles, BS-4 and BS-6 vehicles.
The bench said that such BS-4 diesel vehicles, which would be purchased by the municipal corporations before April 1 and used for public utilities like garbage, could be registered based on BS-4 standards. Earlier in March, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) had sought a further extension for registration of BS-4 vehicles.
The FADA had approached the Supreme Court seeking extension on the last of March 31. The organization argued a drop in sales in the lockdown implemented because of the Corona virus epidemic. After this, the deadline for vacating the bench stock was relaxed. The Supreme Court had said that 10 per cent of the vehicles could be sold within 10 days of the end of the lockdown. Significantly, from April 1, India has moved towards the world’s cleanest emission standard. India adopts Euro-6 emission standard from Euro-4.
By Priya Kumari