Automakers seek an extension of BS-IV deadline as China shutdown continues due to Coronavirus

Published On : 17 February 2020
By Tarashekhar Padhy

An extension within the last date to register BS-IV vehicles may be received from the apex court if important parts from China don't get shipped in time amidst the deadly Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, as told by a top Mahindra and Mahindra official.

Many components that go into vehicles manufactured in India arrive from foreign nations, like China. A disruption to the Chinese manufacturing industry possesses several automakers worried since albeit most of the parts are available, the lack of a couple of critical components can throw the entire production line into jeopardy.

Companies that were still manufacturing BS-IV emission norms compliant vehicles have found themselves during a fix since these vehicles can't be registered in India post 31 March when the BS-VI regulations come in effect and the majority of the parts for these autos have already been shipped.

“If we aren't ready to get these components towards the top of February, then it might be too tight for us to form, transport and retail the vehicles," said Pawan Goenka, the director at M&M, “and we might need to appeal the honorable Supreme Court that this is often a forced measure which we had no control over and we should tend a touch overtime to sell the vehicles."

He said that the decision on whether to form such an appeal wouldn't be made for a minimum of fortnight yet.

“We have approximately 6-7 weeks by which we've to manufacture all BS-IV vehicles and sell (them). I am not so concerned about BS-VI delay because that just means a delay, we will make those vehicles sometime later," Goenka said.

Auto Parts for about 3,000 new BS-IV vehicles have already been ordered by M&M and because of that, the production of those cars is stuck due to the unavailability of control units from China.