Stop selling of BS3 vehicles after April 1, says Daimler India Commercial Vehicles

New Delhi: Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) on Monday said that BS3 vehicles should not be allowed to sell in the country after April 1, the deadline for a move to BS4 norms, as it is already scaling down such vehicles.

“In the current environment, OEMs ramping up BS3 vehicles aggressively before March 31 could create an imbalance to OEMs like Bharat Benz that are ramping down BS3 vehicles,” DICV Managing Director and CEO Erich Nesselhauf said in a statement.

Selling BS3 vehicles should not be allowed after April 1, or at least the sales of those vehicles should be penalised in order to set off the additional cost and environment burden society has to absorb, he added.

“In general, it should not be allowed that some OEMs gain additional margins, delaying the implementation of the urgently needed new BS4 environmental standards,” Nesselhauf said.

The company believes that the industry’s interests can and must go together with those of society at large, he added.

BS4 will bring the much-needed improvements in terms of air quality to the benefit of the people and the environment, Nesselhauf felt. The Supreme Court is seized of the matter where automobile manufacturers are seeking permission for disposing of around 8.2 lakh BS3 vehicles in stock.

It has indicated that either it will ban registration of such vehicles or impose costs to compensate for the health hazards created by pollution. DICV said it has over the past few months not only aggressively phased out its BS3 production and stocks, but have also begun production of BS4 in full swing.

“We are now preparing for the launch of an entirely new environment-friendly and even more fuel-efficient range ofBharat Benz trucks early April – featuring our BS4 solution based on Daimler SCR technology,” Nesselhauf said.

DICV’s entire Bharat Benz product range of trucks above 9 tonnes to 49 tonnes has been available as BS4 variants sinceAugust 2015.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) had submitted data on manufacturing and sale of BS3 vehicles on a monthly basis from January 2016 and told the court that the companies were holding stock of around 8.24 lakh such vehicles, including 96,000 commercial vehicles, over 6 lakh two-wheelers and around 40,000 three-wheelers.

The manufacturers told the court that they were allowed to sell their stocks with old emission norms on previous two occasions when the industry had switched to BS2 and BS3 in2005 and 2010.