Bajaj Auto has announced that
it is ready to comply with EPCA’s direction of neither selling nor registering
any pre – BS IV vehicle from April 1, 2017. The company announced that all its
two and three-wheelers manufactured from January 2017 meet the stringent BS IV
norms. The company claimed that It is probably the first automobile company to
completely meet BS IV norms well before the deadline of April 1, 2017.
The Central Pollution Control
Board had earlier confirmed that BS III compliant vehicles could not be sold or
registered anywhere in the country from April 1, 2017. However, some automobile
companies have requested that this deadline be extended.
Rajiv Bajaj, MD – Bajaj Auto
Ltd. said, “Bajaj Auto as a responsible corporate has complied with this directive
and had already commenced manufacturing of BS IV complaint vehicles from
October 2016. Moreover, with effect from Jan 2017 all products from all our 3
plants are BS IV compliant. We have thus ensured that all vehicles presented
for registration from 1st April’17 onwards will be BS IV compliant. This has
been possible because of meticulous planning for dealer stocks and switching
over to production of BS IV compliant vehicles well in advance.
He further added, “It is also
pertinent to point out that tightening emission to meet BS IV norms comes at a
substantial cost. All those who do not change over on time will commercially
benefit by selling their products at a lower price in case the amnesty is
granted. Therefore, the manufacturers who have followed all directives in
letter and spirit will actually end up being penalised.”
The company feels that the
authorities should send strong message by not giving any amnesty and if at all
any short-term amnesty is given, it should be accompanied by a sizeable financial
penalty on a per vehicle basis on all BS III vehicles registered after 1st
April 2017 to discourage this practice in future.
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