BS IV (Bharat Stage IV) embarks a new beginning of the Indian Automotive Industry in terms of vehicle emission control and regulations.
This is a very tactful move made by the Indian government to bring the regulation standards in line with their European counterparts considering the fact that the last amendment (BS III) was made during 2010 and it is very difficult to suddenly raise the bar for Indian OEMs and Automotive companies. Therefore, a long-term plan till 2020 has been mapped out to reach at par with the European standards.
However, all this doesn’t make much sense for our average Joe who would be rather concerned about the mileage and cost of the car by compromising safety and fuel economy and the companies right now are exploiting this fact about Indian customers. So to explain about BS IV and its impact to a layman in a more palatable fashion we need to first understand the underlying meaning behind these norms. With every milestone achievement in technology, the government enforces norms and regulations for vehicles which set the maximum allowable vehicle emissions in an endeavor to reduce pollution and harmful greenhouse gasses.
In India since 2010 there has been no change in the regulation and from April 1st 2017 BS IV will be enforced which will effectively render the old BS II vehicles obsolete and RTO will not register any new BS III vehicle after April 1st 2017. Because of this fact lot of companies are trying to clear away their old BS III vehicles by selling it with a discount of 1-2 lakhs. This definitely lures a lot of customers to cash in on it before April 1st and the question arises ‘is it really worth?’. The answer being for the short run “yes” if you are on a really tight budget but for the long run, it’s a really bad investment. Because BS IV regulations will also make it mandatory to use BS IV grade fuel. So, all the petrol pumps will be having BS IV grade fuels and running a vehicle with a BS III architecture with BS IV fuel will deteriorate the performance of the engine.
Also looking at the bigger picture i.e BS VI for year 2020 which will declare BS III vehicles obsolete this definitely sounds like a poor deal and as a matter of fact you would be barely able to use your vehicle for 3-4 years. And later this year DHI(Department Of Heavy Industry) will be rolling out more norms after October 1st which will make it mandatory for vehicles to pass crash test simulation and have airbags for added safety.
So, in nutshell as a customer the ideal time invest in a vehicle would be in the Q4 of the year as there would be a major overhaul in vehicle regulations moreover, it’s high time we need to let go of our penny-pinching attitude where we compromise quality and safety.