Synopsis: The Supreme Court approved the registration of BS-IV diesel vehicles purchased before April 1, to be used by Municipal Corporations and the Delhi Police in essential public services.
On Friday, a bench led by Chief Justice of Supreme Court, SA Bobde, allowed the registration of BS diesel vehicles purchased before 1 April for use in essential public utility services.
Last month, the Supreme Court approved the registration of BS-IV vehicles, which were sold in March of this year but could not be licenced before the 31 March deadline due to the national lockdown. The relaxation was not, however, applicable to the Delhi-NCR region.
The bench has also allowed CNG vehicles to be registered according to compliance with all regulations and guidelines.
In its order, the supreme court observed that the applications for registration of three types of vehicles-CNG vehicles, BS 4 and BS 6 automobiles-had been filed before the bench.
The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) filed an application earlier in March requesting an extension of the selling and registration of BS 4 vehicles for a month.
While approaching the top court, the FADA requested an extension of the deadline of 31 March for the selling of BS 4 vehicles on the basis of the lack of revenue due to the lockout imposed in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The FADA had already cited major possible bankruptcies, on the stake of jobs. Therefore the bench relaxed the March 31 deadline in March to clear the unsold stock of BS 4 vehicles.
It had allowed Covid-19 to sell 10 per cent of the unsold BS-IV vehicles within 10 days of the end of the lockdown. As such, this situation emerged when India decided to switch from April 1 to the world’s cleanest emissions standard. It had gone straight from Euro 4 to Euro 6 emission standards.