Sales of BS-III vehicles banned from April 1, 2017 (in India)

Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
The Supreme Court of India has imposed a complete ban on sales of BS-III compliant vehicles in the country from April 1, 2017.

This decision comes after the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) had appealed to the Supreme Court to allow sales of BS-III vehicles, even after the set deadline.

The Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM) has indicated that there are currently 820,000 unsold BS-III vehicles in India.

Cumulatively, this unsold stock amounts to Rs. 12,000 crore. FADA was thus claiming that imposing the sales ban on BS-III vehicles will result in huge losses to manufacturers as well as their dealers.

While announcing the ban on sales of BS-III vehicles, the apex court stressed on the fact that the deadline for adopting BS-IV norms was conveyed well in advance to all automotive manufacturers.

As a result, no changes will be made to the emission norm deadline.

While no new BS-III vehicle will be sold after April 1st, the Supreme Court has allowed registration of vehicles that have been sold before the said date.

However, in order to register a BS-III vehicle after April 1, the owner will need to produce a proof, stating that the purchase was made prior to March 31.


Honorary Master
Jul 27, 2016
If for some strange reason you don't know what BS-111 is, it is the Bharat Stage emissions index for India (fuel emissions from cars).

BS-111 = Euro 3 standard.

Gave up trying to find vehicle-specific examples. If I was ok a PC I'd be more inclined.

Any car made after Jan 2000 is Euro 3.
Any car made after Jan 2005 is Euro 4.
Any car made after Sep 2009 is Euro 5.
Any car made after Sep 2014 is Euro 6.

Assuming the manufacturers met those standards. So the above is true unless you drive a VW, then all bets are off.
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Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
Bharat stage emission standards' are emission standards instituted by the Government of India to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment, including motor vehicles.

The standards and the timeline for implementation are set by the Central Pollution Control Board under the Ministry of Environment & Forests and climate change.

The standards, based on European regulations were first introduced in 2000. Progressively stringent norms have been rolled out since then. All new vehicles manufactured after the implementation of the norms have to be compliant with the regulations.

Since October 2010, Bharat Stage (BS) III norms have been enforced across the country.

In 13 major cities, Bharat Stage IV emission norms have been in place since April 2010 and It's enforced for whole country from April 2017.

In 2016, the Indian government announced that the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.

The phasing out of 2-stroke engine for two wheelers, the cessation of production of Maruti 800 & introduction of electronic controls have been due to the regulations related to vehicular emissions.

While the norms help in bringing down pollution levels, it invariably results in increased vehicle cost due to the improved technology & higher fuel prices.

However, this increase in private cost is offset by savings in health costs for the public, as there is lesser amount of disease causing particulate matter and pollution in the air.

Exposure to air pollution can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, which is estimated to be the cause for 620,000 early deaths in 2010, and the health cost of air pollution in India has been assessed at 3% of its GDP.