Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Ban on BS-III Cars: Should You Worry?

Ban on BS-III Cars: Should You Worry?

On its part, SIAM has told the SC that it needs around a year's time to dispose of the inventory of BS-III vehicles and bulk of the stock can be sold in seven-eight months.

The BS-IV cars cost more than their BS-III versions; however, the incremental cost is not too high.

What is the inventory size of BS-III vehicles?

As per reports, as of March 20, 2017, there was an unsold stock of 824,275 vehicles across the two-wheeler, three-wheeler, passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle segments. The total value of BS-III compliant vehicles in the inventory is estimated to be around Rs 12,000 crore.

"The Supreme Court's order restraining the manufactures from selling BS-III vehicles from April 1 onwards is a welcome step and a historic step towards cleaner vehicles".

The company has been making BS-IV emission norm compliant vehicles since 2010 and has sufficient capability and capacity to make them, Managing Director Vinod Dasari said in an interview. Since, the transition from BS III to BS IV necessitated price increases (more so in case of M&HCV), OEMs increased inventory at the company and dealer level to maximise sales of cheaper BS III vehicles.

Owners of the existing legal BS-III vehicles need not worry, as they can continue to run their cars like before.

According to this petition filled, the implementation of the BS-IV will lead to a significant drop in air pollution levels, particularly because of the fact that BS-IV vehicles produce 1gm per kg of fuel of carbon particulate matter in comparison to BS-III which gives out 2.30gm of the same. This is for the future of our children.

Similarly, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Vice-Chairman Vikram Kirloskar said, "We have to go towards meeting global standards of emission and safety, and that is the only way forward".

Currently Euro IV vehicles, locally known as Bharat Stage (BS) IV, are sold in select states, while Euro III vehicles are sold more widely across the country. Two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India said, "We respect the honourable Supreme Court's decision and confirm that all our products comply with BSIV norms".

BS III production rose after demonetisation, when it ideally should have been reduced and knowing the BS-IV timeline.

He acknowledged that his ministry had earlier granted permission to the automakers to sell inventories before migrating to the stricter emission control BS-VI regime.

India rolled out the new emission standards in 13 cities in 2010, and set a deadline of April 1 this year for the rest of the country to switch to the less polluting technology.

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