Supreme Court bars registration of BS4 vehicles till further orders

The ruling was given by a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.
The BS6 emission norms came into effect in India on April 1, 2020.
The FADA had approached the Supreme Court in March for extending the BS4 vehicle registration deadline.

The Supreme Court today barred the registration of BS4-compliant vehicles till further orders. The bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, also expressed its displeasure over the large number of vehicles that were sold in March during the lockdown that was announced in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The matter will now be heard by the apex court on August 13.

The BS6 emission norms came into effect in India on April 1. The deadline for the registration of the BS4 vehicles in the country was March 31. On July 8, the Supreme Court had recalled its March 27 order by which it had permitted the sale of BS4 vehicles for 10 days, barring in Delhi-NCR, after the lockdown 1.0 was lifted.

In its March 27 order, the Supreme Court had also ruled that the dealerships could sell only 10 per cent of the unsold BS4 inventory during the 10-day period after the lockdown ended and such vehicles would have to be registered within 10 days of the sale. Besides, the apex court had made it clear that those BS4 vehicles that had already been sold but not registered due to the lockdown, could be registered after the lockdown was lifted.

In March, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) had approached the Supreme Court for extending the BS4 vehicle registration deadline to May 31 after the coronavirus outbreak had resulted in the counter sales falling almost 70 per cent across the dealerships. Earlier in February, the apex court had rejected FADA’s initial plea seeking an extension of the March 31 deadline.

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