Supreme Court on Monday reserved its verdict on a plea seeking ban on registration of BS III vehicles from April 1, 2017.
The apex court was to decide whether or not old and polluting Bharat Stage-III vehicles should be allowed to be registered after end of March.
The central government came out in support of vehicle makers arguing before the Supreme Court that the March 31 deadline is for manufacturing and not sales or registration.
Quoting same changes in emission norms (from BS-II to BS-III for instance) the government stated that in each case the deadline was meant for manufacturing while sales and registration of previous generation vehicles were allowed even after April 1.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) on Monday said that BS3 vehicles should not be allowed to sell in the country after April 1, the deadline for a move to BS4 norms, as it is already scaling down such vehicles.
The Supreme Court is seized of the matter where automobile manufacturers are seeking permission for disposing of around 8.2 lakh BS3 vehicles in stock.