Automobile manufacturers cannot sell BS III engine vehicles from 1st April as instructed by Supreme Court ruling public health is more important than commercial interests.
The manufacturers had unsold stock of about 8 lakh vehicles that meet the BS III emission norms. The companies had suggested the government deadline for 1st April 2017 was for stopping manufacture of BS III vehicles and not their registration.\
The manufacturers argued for allowing to sell their vehicle stockswith old emission norms whne new techno;ogy was introduced in the year 2005 and 2010.
Supreme Court ignored this argument going by the Bhure Lal- headed Environment Protection Control Authority’d report that BS IV vehicles have comparatively lower emissions than the previous ones. The vehicle registering authorities are prohibited from registering vehicles of BS III engines from April 1.
As per the EPCA report – Meetings with manufacturing companies were held and six – month notice has been given to ensure that all of the stock were exhausted so that country takes benefits of BS IV fuel from April 1.
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers had submitted that the companies had a stock of 8,24,275 BS III complaint vehicles which included 96,724 commercial vehicles , 40048 three wheelers , 6,71,308 two wheelers and 16,198 cars.
Judges said ” Unsold stock of BS III is small , publichealth concerns are more important than commercial interests”.