The Supreme Court today (July 24) granted more time to the government to file an affidavit with details of BS-IV compliant vehicles that were uploaded on its portal Vahan post 31 March.
Advocate KK Vishwanathan, appearing for the Federation of Automobile Dealers’ Association (FADA), submitted that dealers and have unsold vehicles lying in showrooms. They should be allowed to take the vehicles back to the manufacturers so they can be exported to other countries. There are some countries in Africa which still allow BS 4 vehicles.
The bench, comprising Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari, however, said: “Why should we pass orders for that? Manufacturers were aware of the deadline. They should take the vehicles.”
The matter has been adjourned till July 31.
On the previous hearing the Court had slammed FADA for exceeding the limit to sell Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) compliant vehicles that was fixed by the court. The court had asked the Centre to submit data on the details of vehicles which were uploaded on the government’s e-portal, Vahan, post March 31. The court had said that it will allow registration of only those vehicles whose details have been uploaded on Vahan. FADA had been directed to give all the required details of the vehicles sold to the government.
The Supreme Court, in its March 27 order, had said the BS IV vehicles have to be registered within 10 days of sale but those bought before March 31 can be registered later. The bench had given an extension of 10 days to clear the 10 percent of the unsold inventory after the end of the lockdown.
– India Legal Bureau