Moving on for Good
Bharat Stage 6 (BS-6) vehicular emission norms are to be introduced in India by April 1, 2020 and the SC has already warned all auto-makers to abide by the timeline.
What difference will it make?
BS-6 fuel will curb the release of nitrogen oxide (a major cause of respiratory diseases) and sulphur (from 50 PPM to 10 PPM). That is a big-big leap!
It will be a huge relief for India’s environment as we have been following BS-4 standards since 2010. BS-5 was initially set for 2019 but in 2016, the govt decided to extend the deadline by one year to move to BS-6 once and for all.
The consequences of switching to BS-6
- The cost of cars will increase by at least ₹ 1 lakh for diesel and ₹ 25-50 thousand for petrol variants.
- Fuel prices are expected to increase by ₹ 2-3 per litre.
- Post BS-6, some small capacity diesel models may be forced off the roads (& the market).
- BS-4 vehicles will be deemed illegal for registry after March 31, 2020.