Reacting to the Supreme Court Orders banning the sale of BS III stocks of vehicles, Vinod K. Dasari, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said that industry would abide with the Orders passed by the Hon’ble Court.

Vinod K. Dasari, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)

Vinod K. Dasari, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)

Auto Industry has been ready with BS4 manufacturing since 2010. However, the sale of BS4 vehicles was not possible, nationwide, due to lack of BS4 fuel. Auto Industry is law abiding and is in full compliance with the emission norms set by Government that stipulates date of “Manufacturing”. The historical implementation of emission norms also reinforces the current law that stipulates “manufacturing”.  Auto Industry has had the capability of making BS4 vehicles since 2010, but lack of proper BS4 fuel prevented it from selling such vehicles, nationwide.  Running a BS4 vehicle with BS3 fuel can cause severe problems to some vehicles.

While no one pushed for BS4 fuel availability for 7 years to change over faster, this sudden decision – just a few days before the changeover – is rather unfortunate as it causes undue stress on the entire industry, and causes loss of jobs.  Auto Industry, anywhere in the world, requires a stable and predictable policy which allows for long term planning and investments, Dasari added.

As a proactive measure to reduce pollution, the auto industry has been asking for years for banning of older vehicles.  This would have a substantial impact on the air quality.  Further, the industry worked with the government for the fastest adoption of BS6 in the World (in 3 years), skipping BS5.

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