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Sale, registration of BS-IV vehicles: SC pulls up automobile dealers for ‘violation’

The Bench said it had directed that vehicles sold till March 31 can be registered till April 30 in the “special circumstances”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2020 4:18:52 am
The SC said that for the 10 per cent vehicles allowed to be sold after the end of lockdown, registration could not have been made without giving it details of sales.

The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up automobile dealers saying they had flouted relaxations granted in view of the lockdown for sale and registration of vehicles made to Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) pollution standards and said it will not permit registration of vehicles beyond what had already been permitted in its earlier order.

Hearing a plea by Federation of Automobile Dealers’ Association (FADA), a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said it had on March 27 allowed registration of 1,05,000 two-wheelers, 2,250 passenger vehicles (PVs) and 2,000 commercial vehicles (CVs), which had already been sold. It had also allowed sale of 10 per cent of a total 7,00,000 unsold two­wheelers, 15,000 unsold PVs and 12,000 CVs.

The Bench said it had directed that vehicles sold till March 31 can be registered till April 30 in the “special circumstances”.

“Our order was clear and did not make any difference between the members of the association and the non­ members. It was in general for all those who are the members of the association and not the members of the association and was required to be observed punctually and affidavits were required to be filed”, the Bench said.

The SC said that for the 10 per cent vehicles allowed to be sold after the end of lockdown, registration could not have been made without giving it details of sales.

“The registration of the vehicles which were to be sold out of 10 per cent cannot be made without the permission of this Court and without giving particulars as ordered by this Court in the aforesaid order. Engine and chassis numbers were also required to be furnished and the date of sale. There is clear cut violation of at least the second part of the order passed by this Court. Incomplete affidavit has been filed on 13.06.2020”, the SC order stated.

The court will hear the matter next on a June 19.

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