Srinagar: With the BS-IV norms coming into force from April 1, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that vehicles not complying with the new standards will be not be allowed to be sold or registered in the country, The Indian Express reported.
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta observed that “health of the people is far far more important than the commercial interest of automobile manufactures”.
The apex court was hearing a petition by auto manufacturers who sought relief on sale of existing stock that are not BS-IV compliant. The government had also come out in support and urged the top court to make an exemption. According to media reports, there are 8,24,275 BS-II vehicles in India. It includes 96,724 commercial vehicles, 6,71,308 two-wheelers, 40,048 three-wheelers and 16,198 cars.