The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed registration of BS4 vehicles, which were sold in March, but couldn’t complete the process due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown period.
The apex court had on July 8 recalled its March 27 order by which it had allowed sale of BS4 vehicles for 10 days across India, except in Delhi-national capital region (NCR), after lifting of the lockdown.
Earlier in July, in its affidavit filed in the court, the ministry had given details of the number of vehicles sold and those uploaded on the E-Vahan portal of the government.
The ministry said that data placed by the automobile dealers association in the court has been verified from the information available on Vahan and from non-Vahan states also.
It said that as per details available on Vahan, a total of 9,56,015 BS4 vehicles were sold from March 12 and March 31 this year while 9,01,223 were registered.
In October 2018, the court had said no BS4 vehicle would be sold or registered in India from April 1, 2020.
In 2016, the Centre had also announced that India would skip the BS5 norms and adopt BS6 by 2020.
BS emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.
In March this year, the apex court was informed about the unsold inventory of BS4 vehicles — around seven lakh two-wheelers, 15,000 passenger cars and 12,000 commercial vehicles.