As the deadline to do away with the Bharat Stage Emission Standards (BSES) IV inching closer, automobile manufacturers and dealers are trying their best to clear the stock by March 31.
In case if the stock continues to remain, the dealers are left with three options. They include returning of unsold vehicles to the respective manufacturers, registering such vehicles in the name of the staff or relatives by March 31 or dismantle the vehicle and scrap or use the spare parts.
Given the rising pollution levels in the country, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) decided to upgrade the vehicles from the existing BS-IV to BS-VI. As a part of another bold step to curb pollution levels, the Union government went ahead in skipping BS-V vehicles despite the huge loss it incurred in the exercise.
Keeping this in view, the manufacturing companies and automobile dealers have given clear instructions to exhaust the existing stock of the BS-IV and BS-V before the new norm comes into force. The emission-related changes include ignition control, tailpipe emissions, etc. ‘Automatic headlamp on’ is one of the apparent changes the new norm tries to enforce, meeting the safety aspect of the new emission standards.
Deputy Transport Commissioner G C Raja Ratnam told The Hans India that all the manufacturers and dealers should adhere to the guidelines. ‘Registration pertaining to BS-IV vehicles should be completed by March 31.