The Supreme Court on Friday said that no BS-IV vehicles will be registered until the sale of such vehicles, which have the prevalence of coronovirus, is decided during the lockout of the country for emissions. New standards are mentioned.
The court was previously outraged over the violation of its order and pulled the Automobile Dealers Association for the sale of BS-IV vehicles when a nationwide lockout was announced and extended three times in the last week of March.
On July 8, the bench recalled the March 27 order in which it allowed the sale of BS-IV vehicles for 10 days across India, except Delhi-NCR after the removal of the Covid-19 lockdown.
The relief, which was later withdrawn, to allow the sale of BS-IV vehicles after the lock-off was taken by the apex court, taking into account the fact that the country had decided not to allow Their sales after March 2020.
During a brief hearing conducted through video conferencing on Friday, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra clarified that no BS-4 vehicle would be registered by the authorities until the issue was decided.
A bench of Justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari also asked the Automobile Dealers Association to provide details of the vehicles either through online sale or through direct sale during the lockdown period in the last week of March.
The bench said that it was noted to verify the details of sale and registration of BS-4 vehicles during the lockdown period.
The bench said, “You are in a lot of trouble. We will prosecute someone.”
The bench referred to the increase in the number of vehicles sold exclusively on March 29, 30 and 31, saying, “We will take appropriate action against these comrades.”
The bench has now posted the matter for further hearing on 13 August.
The apex court had on 24 July resented a verbal petition by the Automobile Dealers Association that dealers should be allowed to return untold inventory of BS-IV vehicles to manufacturers so that they could be exported to other countries.
The association had said that there are some countries where the sale of BS-IV compliant vehicles was allowed.
However, the bench said “why should we pass orders for that? The manufacturers were aware of the deadline.”