Supreme Court refuses to increase deadline on the market of BS-IV autos


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the plea filed by an association of car sellers in search of extension of the April 1, 2020 deadline by yet another month to promote Bharat Stage-IV norms compliant autos throughout the nation.

The apex court docket had on October 24, 2018 stated no Bharat Stage-IV automobile can be bought or registered in India from April 1, 2020.

Bharat Stage (BS) emission norms are requirements instituted by the federal government to control output of air pollution from motor autos. The BS-IV norms have been enforced throughout the nation since April, 2017.

In 2016, the Centre had introduced that India would skip the BS-V norms altogether and undertake BS-VI norms by 2020.

The plea filed by the association got here up for listening to on Friday earlier than a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta which made it clear that the apex court docket wouldn’t prolong the deadline even for a day.

The counsel showing for the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association instructed the bench that the apex court docket’s order would come into power on April 1, 2020 however sellers would face the problem of unsold stock of BS-IV compliant autos.

“Up to March 31, 2020, we can sell it (BS-IV vehicles). We should be given one more month’s time,” the lawyer stated, including, “There is slowdown in the automobile industry. Kindly allow us to sell BS-IV vehicles to clear the stock.”

The bench, whereas referring to the prayer made within the software filed by the association, stated the order was handed by the apex court docket one and half years in the past. “You should not have produced BS-IV vehicles after that. Even after filing this application, you have produced these vehicles,” the bench stated.

“The application is dismissed,” the bench stated, including, “We will not give even one day”.
When the association’s counsel urged the court docket that their software was like a “mercy plea”, the bench stated, “No”.

In its October 2018 order, the highest court docket had stated that any extension of time in introducing new emission norms would adversely impression the well being of residents because the air pollution has reached an “alarming and critical” degree.

It had stated there can’t be any compromise on the well being of residents which has to take priority over the “greed” of some car producers who need to stretch the time-line to make a “little more money”.

The court docket had handed the order in 2018 whereas deciding the problem of whether or not BS?-IV compliant autos must be permitted to be bought in India after March 31, 2020.