new Delhi. The Supreme Court has currently banned the registration of vehicles with Bharat Stage-4 (BS-4) emission standards. The court on Friday directed the authorities to stop the registration of BS-IV vehicles sold during the lockdown period until a decision is taken. Earlier, the apex court expressed displeasure with the Vehicle Dealers Association for violating its order. The court said that such vehicles were sold during the last week of March and also after 31 March during the lockdown.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra made it clear during a brief hearing from the video conference on Friday that the registration of BS-4 vehicles would be stayed till the verdict on the issue. The bench also consists of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari. The bench said that we instruct all the authorities not to register any BS-4 vehicle till our decision is taken. Earlier, on July 8, the court had withdrawn its order dated March 27 in which 10 days of BS-IV vehicles in other parts of the country, except Delhi-NCR after the removal of the applicable lockdown due to Kovid-19 Sales were allowed.
The bench has directed the Vehicle Dealers Association to submit details of vehicles sold online or directly in the last week of March. The bench said that it wants to examine the details of BS-4 vehicles sold and registered during the lockdown period. The bench told the lawyer appearing on behalf of the dealers' association that you are in serious trouble. We can prosecute anyone.
The bench specifically referred to the increase in sales of such vehicles on 29, 30 and 31 March, saying that we will take appropriate action against these people. The bench said that it has considered the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in which the issue of validity of 39,000 such vehicles has been raised. The apex court said it would examine the details of the sale and registration of BS-4 vehicles. The next hearing on the case will now be on August 13. Earlier, on July 24, the court objected to the oral request of the vehicle dealers, in which they said that BS-4 vehicles should be allowed to be returned to the manufacturers so that they can be exported to other countries.
This post was published on August 1, 2020 12:20 pm
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