Govt proposes to defer new emission norms for CE vehicles

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has invited suggestions and comments from all stake holders including general public on the proposed amendment in the Motor Vehicle Draft rules for deferment of BS-IV emission norms for construction equipment vehicles, tractors and harvesters.

This is with reference to the request from Agriculture Ministry and construction equipment manufacturers in regard to providing some time for implementing the next stage of emission norms which are to be made applicable with effect from October 1, 2020 in view of COVID-19 situation. Considering the request, the ministry has issued the draft Notification regarding deferment of BS (CEV/TREM)-IV emission norms which pertain to construction equipment vehicles, tractors and harvesters, from 1st October 2020 to 1st October 2021 inviting suggestions from stakeholders.

Earlier, the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) had approached the government to postpone the implementation of the latest emission norms as the industry is already reeling under the pressure from the steep drop in sales due to the COVID-19 impact.