1. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, vide GSR 178 (E) dated 20th February, 2018 had notified that new motor vehicles conforming to Emission Standard Bharat Stage-IV manufactured before the 1st April, 2020 shall not be registered after the 30th June, 2020 and the new motor vehicles of categories M and N conforming to Emission Standard Bharat Stage-IV manufactured before the 1st April, 2020 and sold in the form of drive away chassis shall not be registered after the 30th September, 2020.
2. However, the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 24th October, 2018 has directed that no new motor vehicle conforming to the emission standard Bharat Stage-IV shall be sold or registered in the entire country with effect from 01.04.2020.
3. This information was given by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
4. Dealerships are left with a significant stock of Bharat Stage-IV emission norms compliant vehicles — which cannot be sold or registered in the country from April 1 — despite production cuts by manufacturers as retail sales declined for a second consecutive month in January.
5. Registration of vehicles with the regional transport authorities, which is a proxy for retail, fell 7.2% year on year in January. Two-wheelers and commercial vehicles reported the sharpest declines at 8.8% and 6.9%, respectively, while registration of passenger vehicles fell 4.6% YoY last month.
6. While passenger and commercial vehicles continued to struggle, three-wheelers and tractors did well in January. Threewheeler registrations grew by 9.2% during the month, while tractor registrations were up by 5.1%.
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