In a blow to automobile firms, the Supreme Court has banned the sale and registration of vehicles, which are not BS-IV compliant, in India from April 1 when the new emission norms come into force. Since the automobile makers will be suffering major losses, the companies are resorting to selling off the BS-III compliant vehicles on discounted price.
From April 1, none of the BS-III compliant vehicles can be sold. Even the registration of vehicles will be allowed only if there is a proper proof that they were sold on or before March 31. Hence, there is a huge rush of buyers outside showrooms. Twitter too is flooded with responses on whether the decision is good.
The apex court observed that the health of the people is “far, far more important than the commercial interests of the manufacturers”, but here is what people have to say.
#Honda showroom at Moti Nagar, New Delhi is shut as all #BSIII vehicles have been sold out. Indians will buy anything on discount. _
— Karthik Kumar (@darklordkk) March 31, 2017
It happens only in India – when people prefer discounts over preserving nature. Steep discounts on BSIII vehicles & mad rush to buy them.
— Siddharth _ (@sid_dharth) March 31, 2017
Some even questioned Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi whether this ban is reflective of the ‘Acche din’ that he had promised.
@rjraunac #BSIII ban is to stop people from watching #FunKiBaat automobile showroom opening till midnight.. Kya yahi h acche din??
— News punch (@News_punch9) March 31, 2017
There were questions over how the government expects manufacturers to cope with their losses too since it is sure that they will not be able to sell all of their stock till midnight tonight.
SC on mar30 says no registration of BS III vehicles frm Apr1. Does it expect dealers to sell 8Lvehicles worth20k laks in 48hrs? Sad times
— Smita (@smitapop) March 31, 2017
Consumers outside Honda showroom outside sector 14 to purchase of BS III vehicle pic.twitter.com/7jYESsO4lq
— Ipsita pati (@ipsitapati) March 31, 2017
Since the decision is taken in view of rising pollution in the country, will there be more steps pertaining to buses and trucks to ensure that the emission levels come down.
Totally agree with the ban on #BSIII vehicles…_
But on what category does these city buses, which fills the city with smoke,fall into?.__
— ___________ (@91_satheesh) March 31, 2017