The Supreme Court in a verdict on 24th October 2018 ruled that no Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) category vehicle will be sold across India with immediate effect from 1st April 2020.
The SC verdict was ruled by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur.
The SC bench also notified that only BS-VI compliant vehicle will be sold in India from 1st April 2020 according to the new BS-IV norms.
The SC also ruled that no grace period for automobile manufacturers for the sale of BS-VI non-compliant vehicles after 1st April 2020 would be applicable. Background
The Bharat Stage emission standards were introduced in 2000 in line with recommendations made by RA Mashelkar Committee.
The Bharat stage emission standards were instituted by the Government to regulate the output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.
The BS-IV norms came into force across India since April 2017 following the directions of the apex court banning BS-III grade fuel.