Supreme Court Says BS-IV Vehicles For Public Utility Purchased Up To March 31 Need To Be Registered
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Supreme Court Says BS-IV Vehicles For Public Utility Purchased Up To March 31 Need To Be Registered

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The Supreme Court on Friday said BS-IV vehicles, which were purchased on or before March 31 this year and are necessary for the municipal corporation in Delhi to carry out essential public utility services, should be registered.

The apex court had in October 2018 said that no BS-IV compliant vehicle would be sold or registered in India from April 1, 2020.

In 2016, the Centre had also announced that India would skip the BS-V norms and adopt BS-VI by 2020.

Bharat Stage emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate the output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.

The matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde which dealt with applications related to registration of three types of vehicles -- CNG, BS-IV and BS-VI compliant -- for being used for essential public utility services.

As far as CNG vehicles are concerned, there cannot be any valid rejection to the vehicles, as the emission from these vehicles is within limits. Therefore, we direct that these vehicles may be registered, said the bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

It noted that BS-VI norms came into force on April 1, 2020, and vehicles purchased up to March 31 this year were BS-IV compliant.

Admittedly the emission from BS-VI compliant vehicles is within the norms and hence the vehicles purchased on or after April 1, 2020, and which are BS-VI compliant, should also liable to be registered, it said.

The top court noted in its order that BS-IV compliant vehicles purchased up to March 31 this year must have been registered with the E-Vahan portal of the government before the cut-off date to establish the date of purchase.

Also read: Supreme Court Bars Registration Of BS-IV Vehicles Until Further Orders

If the purchase had been made on or before March 31, 2020, and these vehicles are BS-IV compliant, such vehicles necessary for the municipal corporation to carry essential public utility services should also be registered. But such cases shall be scrutinised by the Environment Pollution Control Authority, the bench said.

The bench said to avoid repeated applications being filed before the court just for the purpose of getting registration; we direct that the EPCA shall scrutiny the pending cases and submit a report to this court so that a common order could be passed without the necessity for several interlocutory applications.

The issue of pollution from vehicles had cropped up before the apex court, which is hearing a matter related to air pollution in the Delhi-national capital region.

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