The version VI of the Bharat Stage Emission Norms, popularly known as BS norms, was delayed by the government owing to the continuous spread of the pandemic COVID-19 virus. The BS norms are regulatory statutes of the government to control the amount of air pollution by vehicles that operate using compression ignition engines or spark-ignition engines. Unlike EVs (Electric vehicles), which are now rapidly gaining popularity and are expected to replace conventional vehicles, the compression ignition vehicles discharge a lot of carbon and other agents that are not only harmful to pedestrians and residents but the ecosystem as a whole. Now, the shift from conventional vehicles will have to be gradual and cannot be mandated overnight; therefore, the emission of air pollutants is brought down using steps and standards.
Now, the BS-VI norms were to be implemented along the first quarter of the financial year 2020. This proposition of the government was foiled by the abhorrent virus. The whole automobile industry has been jolted, leaving many of the revered participants of the industry, pushed to the brink of potential bankruptcy and liquidation. The financial hit that all industries have taken has not been overlooked by the government. To ease their discomfort, the government has extended the date of the implementation of the norms. The date is crucial because it is the deadline before which vehicle manufacturers must clear their stock of the vehicles made in accordance with a configuration prescribed by the older version of the standard. The simultaneous fall in demand and maiming of manufacturing due to lockdowns has restricted the sales of vehicles substantially. Therefore, relaxation was provided through the postponement of the implementation date.
The manufacturers, however, did not gesture any appreciation towards this extension. The government has declared that the extension is granted until ten days post the termination of the lockdown period. This doesn’t solve the problem for manufacturers as they strongly feel that customers will not be disposed towards making purchases of luxury and high-cost assets. Thus, unless a three-month extension is granted, this seems like a futile attempt to curb the losses of manufacturers.
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