New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the sale of BS-IV compliant vehicles for 10 days, barring NCR-Delhi, after the lifting of the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by the Prime Minister from Tuesday midnight due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Mishra conducted hearing on the matter through videoconferencing.
Earlier, the apex court had fixed March 30, 2020, deadline for the sale of BS-IV compliant vehicles across the country. The court had made it clear that no such vehicles will be allowed to be sold in National Capital Region from April 1, 2020.
The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) moved the court to seek relaxations on this deadline.
In its plea, the association urged the court to extend the deadline to enable them sell their unsold inventory, as sales literally went dead amid the coronavirus scare and ongoing economic slowdown in the country.
Bharat Stage (BS) emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. The BS-IV norms came into force across the country from April 2017. (IANS)