Impact of BS-III vehicles ban will be minimal: Ashok Leyland

Marco Green
April 1, 2017

Supreme Court banned the sale and/or registration of the BS-III compliant two-wheelers from 1st April, 2017 and the order will hold effect from the same date. Both the companies said the offer will be valid till stocks last or up to March 31.

Amit Bhatt, Director Integrated Transport, World Resource Institute, India, maintained that the Transport Ministry's notification that only vehicles complying to BS-IV emissions shall be sold and registered in India from April 1, 2017 gave nearly two years to vehicle manufactures to transition to the new emissions norms. He said that manufacturers were allowed to sell their stocks with old emission norms when the new technology was brought in force twice in past and the same principle should be followed.

This stock doesn't have to be a complete write-off, of course, as it can be sold internationally - but it will still probably be a big hit to some companies.

Advocate Aprajita Singh, who is assisting the court as amicus curaie, contended that old vehicles, if allowed to sell, would ply on the road for the next 10-15 years and would contribute to already deteriorating air quality. "Finally, for any other vehicles still left over, the company confirms that it will be able to easily upgrade them to BS-IV at minimal cost", he said.

The president of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), and managing director of Ashok Leyland, Vinod Dasari, commented on the news to a local television station: "Days before the deadline, they said you can not sell ..."

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