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Telangana to implement BS IV norms from April 1

March 23, 2016: In a bid to reduce vehicle-related pollution, the Telangana government has taken a decision to implement Bharat Stage IV norms from April 1, 2016. As per the decision, all new vehicles manufactured in 2016 should have a BS IV compliant engine.

According to the order, vehicles manufactured after 2015 should have BS IV engine, without which the local RTO will not register the vehicle. However, for older vehicles with BS III engines manufactured prior to August 2015, the registration would be accepted during resale of vehicles.

Since the past one year, only BS IV compliant vehicles were being registered in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area. However, from April 1, all districts in the state will register only BS IV compliant new vehicles.

“In 2015, the ministry of road transport had issued an order stating that from April 1, 2016, only BS IV vehicles should be registered. The order will be implemented after holding a meeting with dealers on March 25,” transport commissioner Sandeep Sultania said.

Bharat stage emission standards, introduced in 2000, were emission standards fixed by the Union government to regulate output of air pollutants from internal combustion engines. The different norms were brought into force in accordance with the timeline and standards set up by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The communication reached the Telangana government last year and it was sent to dealers as well. For a start, a few cities, including Hyderabad, were chosen by the centre to roll out the new emission norms.