Road Transport Ministry invites suggestions to defer BS-IV norms for agri equipment

The government has asked for suggestions from stakeholders and the general public on deferring BS-IV emission norms for agricultural equipment, by one year. The norms were to be implemented from this October. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has invited suggestions and comments on the proposed amendment in the Motor Vehicle Draft rules for deferment of BS-IV emission norms for construction equipment vehicles, tractors and harvesters.

A draft notification dated June 19 was issued by the Ministry on a request from the Agriculture Ministry and construction equipment manufacturers over providing more time for implementing the next stage of emission norms -- to go into effect from October 1 -- in view of the Covid-19 situation, it said. "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 October 1 (2020) to October 1, 2021 inviting suggestions from stakeholders," the Ministry said in a statement. The interested stakeholders can send their responses by July 18, it added.

Published on June 23, 2020

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