13 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: The State Transport Authority has directed RTOs across Odisha to ensure that no motor vehicles conforming to the Bharat Stage IV emission standards be sold or registered after March 31.
The orders are in reference to a Supreme Court judgment passed on October 24, 2018. The judgment stated:
"The Government has developed a policy of phasing out polluting vehicles and discouraging the manufacture of polluting vehicles. This has been done in a gradual manner. Europe introduced Euro - IV fuel in the year 2009 and Euro - VI standards in 2015. We are already many years behind them. We cannot afford to fall back further even by a single day. The need of the hour is to move to a cleaner fuel as early as possible."
"No motor vehicle conforming to the emission standard Bharat Stage IV shall be sold or registered in the entire country with effect from April 1, 2020," the SC judgment added.
Accordingly, STA Odisha today advised the RTOs communicate the directive to all automobile dealers in their respective jurisdictions. "All prospective buyers of new vehicles are advised to bear in mind above direction to avoid future complicacy," the STA added.