NEW DELHI: The Centre has opposed a complete ban on the sale of BS-IV vehicles as proposed by the environment pollution (prevention and control) authority, and told the Supreme Court that auto companies should be allowed to exhaust stocks even after the April 1, 2020 deadline.

Opposing the plea on complete ban on BS-IV vehicles, the Centre contended that the court’s earlier order banning registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1 this year after enforcement of BS IV fuel norms created regulatory uncertainty and should not be repeated. The affidavit was filed by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.

The apex court on March 30 had banned sale and registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1 and dismissed the plea of the Centre to allow them to dispose of existing stocks after the deadline.

“It is submitted that the cut-off date for rolling out BSVI vehicles shall be in reference to the date of manufacture and not date of registration as…

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