EPCA moves SC to stop sale of vehicles compliant with BS-III, old emission norms
BS-III vehicles will only add to the pollution and auto makers cannot be allowed to sell such vehicles, says Environment Pollution Control Authority
New Delhi: The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Friday moved the Supreme Court, seeking to stop the sales of vehicles compliant with Bharat Stage-III (BS-III), or old emission norms, from 1 April.
“BS-III vehicles will only add to the pollution and auto makers cannot be allowed to sell such vehicles,” said senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing on behalf of EPCA, a statutory authority.
A bench headed by justice Madan B. Lokur suggested registration of BS-III vehicles could be allowed on imposition of a compensatory cess.
EPCA’s plea comes days after Bajaj Auto filed a similar petition before the apex court to stop the sale of BS-III vehicles. Several auto makers have such vehicles in their inventories.
In January 2014, the centre had notified that all vehicles—passenger and commercial—must be BS-IV compliant. Several car makers have said that the notification is unclear as to whether it applies only to manufacture of vehicles or also to sales.
According to an affidavit filed by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), an industry body, manufacturing of BS-III vehicles has not decreased after the centre’s notification.
Hero Motors has 2,97,000 vehicles, the highest number out of the total 6,71,000 unsold BS-III vehicles.
The court will hear the case next on 27 March.