BS IV emission norms mandatory for 4-wheelers in major cities by November 2015

Four wheeled vehicles will have to comply with Bharat State IV emission norms in the National Capital Region and in the cities of Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad (including Secunderabad), Bangalore, Kanpur, Pune, Surat, Agra, Sholapur, Lucknow under the emission norms for motor vehicles prescribed in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 (CMVRs).

The Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP), launched by the central government aimed at achieving a paradigm shift in India's urban transport systems in favour of sustainable development, is expected to be completed by November, 2015, minister of state for road transport and highways Pon Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The project, launched with assistance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP and the World Bank, to take care of India's environmental considerations, has been in operation since May 2010.

Since 2010 Bharat Stage-V is applicable in the cities of Puducherry, Mathura, Vapi, Jamnagar, Ankaleshwar, Hissar, Bharatpur, Daman Diu, Silvasa, Unnao, Rae Bareilly, Aligarh, Karnal, Valsad, Yamuna Nagar, Kurukshetra, Nizamabad, Medak and Mehboobnagar in respect of four wheeled vehicles manufactured on or after 1 October 2014 (except four wheeled transport vehicles plying on inter-state permits or national permit or all-India tourist permits), within the jurisdiction of these cities, the minister informed.

Mass emission standards (Bharat Stage-IV) shall be mandated for two wheelers manufactured on and after the 1 April 2016 for new types of vehicles models and from 1 April 2017 for existing types of vehicle models.

In other parts of the country, Bharat Stage III emission norms are applicable.

BS-V, BS-VI norms may be introduced throughout the country depending on availability of fuel. The emission norms are applicable for both transport and non-transport vehicles. Further, he said, the implementation of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 comes under purview of state governments/union territory administrations.

The ministry of urban development had came out with a comprehensive National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) in 2006 with the objective of ensuring safe, affordable, quick, comfortable, reliable and sustainable access for the growing number of city residents to jobs, education, recreation and such other needs within the cities. This is sought to be achieved, inter-alia, by:

  • Reducing pollution levels through changes in traveling practices, better enforcement, stricter norms, technological improvements, etc;
  • Promoting the use of cleaner technologies;
  • Encourage greater use of public transport and non-motorized modes by offering Central financial assistance for this purpose; and
  • Introducing Intelligent Transport Systems for traffic management.