BS III vehicle Ban by Supreme court, Applicable from April 1st, 2017

The Supreme Court has banned the sale of BS III vehicles, i.e., the vehicles which follow the BS III (Bharat Stage emission III) standards. This standard has been introduced in India in 2005. And small improvements are done to the standard in 2010 making it BS III A.

BS IV standard fuel is already used in the 13 major cities of the country from April 1st, 2016. And from April 1st, 2017; it should also be implemented in the rest of the country.

Major difference between BS III and BS IV:

BS III vehicles
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The maximum amount of Sulphur could be used is the major difference.

For petrol: It is 150 mg/kg in BS III where in BS IV, it is 50 mg/kg. The other is the decrease in the aromatic content.

For diesel: It is 350 mg/kg in BS III where in BS IV, it is 50 mg/kg.

Before the ban the government had provided the sufficient time to stop their production of BS III vehicles and to sell their remaining products. Government has issued a notification in March 2014 contained that the new models coming to the market after April 1st, 2016 should be BS IV  compliant. And all the existing BS III models need to transit  to the BS IV standard compliant by April 1st, 2017.

As the deadline has come near, the automobile Industry had come up with a petition to the Supreme Court on March 20, 2017 “To relax the deadline, showing the report that 8.24 lakh vehicles have been affected due to this ban.” For which the Supreme Court has asked the affected vehicle manufacturers to use the remaining days of the March to sell the stock of the mentioned vehicles.

List of Vehicles come under BS III in India:

  • Hero Mororcorp
  • Honda
  • Bajaj
  • Maruti Suzuki
  • TVS
  • Toyota
  • Yamaha

The list of Automobile firms shown here are the manufacturers of most sold vehicles in the country. And here is good news for you that, as the deadline is near; they are providing the discounts of around Rs. 22,000 on almost all the BS III vehicles.

How are the owners of BS III vehicles affected?

The owners of the BS III vehicles can sell their vehicles to the buyers in the second hand market, which further means individuals can buy the used BS III vehicles. The conclusion is that the ban is applicable only for brand new vehicles.

The BS III vehicles are also compliant with the BS IV fuel as proved in the 13 cities already using this fuel from April 1st, 2016.

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