NEW DELHI: No Bharat Stage-IV vehicle would be sold or registered in India from April 1, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, saying any extension of time in introducing the new emission norms would adversely impact the health of citizens as the pollution has reached an “alarming and critical” level.
Bharat stage (BS) emission norms are standards instituted by the Government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. The BS IV norms have been enforced across the country since April 2017.
In 2016, the Centre had announced the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.
The Apex Court said there cannot be any compromise on the health of citizens and this has to take precedence over the “greed” of few automobile manufacturers who unfortunately, want to stretch the timeline to make a “little more money”. (AGENCIES)