Centre to defer stricter norms for construction equipment vehicles, tractors

The transition to BSVI was supposed to happen from 1 October 2020

Construction equipment
Construction equipment

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed deferring stricter emission norms for tractors, harvesters and construction equipment vehicles amid COVID-19 crisis.

Construction equipment makers, as well as manufacturers of vehicles used in agriculture, had to adhere to Bharat Stage (BS) VI norms from 1 October 2020.

While, for all on-road vehicles, a transition from BSIV to BSVI was made mandatory from 1 April 2020, rules for off road vehicles were not the same.

There has been a request from the agriculture ministry, construction equipment manufacturers to provide some time to implement the BSVI emission norms.

The transition to BSVI was supposed to happen from 1 October 2020. However, due to the pandemic, the ministry is considering the deferment of BSIV emission norms till 31 March 2021 and have invited suggestions from stakeholders.

The proposal, if implemented, will defer higher expenses related to BSVI norms for the manufacturers, dealers, while benefiting road builders, farmers, among others.

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