Stop Sale Of Non-BS VI Vehicles From April 2020, Says Centre

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New Delhi: 

The sale and manufacture of BS VI non-compliant vehicles in India should not be allowed from April 1, 2020, as it would lessen environmental benefits to be accrued from using cleaner BS VI fuel, the centre told the Supreme Court on Monday.

In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry said that it would not be possible to segregate pricing of diesel or have a differential pricing mechanism for fuel for private vehicles.

The ministry told a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta that sale and manufacture of Bharat Stage VI non-compliant vehicles from April 1, 2020, would have an adverse effect since investment of Rs 28,000 crore has already been made for having a cleaner BS VI fuel.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), however, referred to a government notification of February 20 this year which said that registration of private vehicles manufactured up to April 1, 2020, should be done till June 30,…

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