Gadkari: Start preparing for BS-7 vehicles, don’t wait for govt to push you: Gadkari to auto makers | India News

NEW DELHI: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday urged the automobile industry to start preparation for the next generation BS-7 compliant vehicles on the lines of proposed Euro-7 norms and not to wait for the government to push for this.
The transition from the current BS-6 to BS-7 will be necessary for domestic vehicle manufacturers to export their products to European countries and also to minimise vehicular pollution here. The European Commission has proposed to roll out the Euro-7 norm from July 2025 for new cars and vans, and July 2027 for new trucks and buses. Sources said the road transport ministry has started initial work for the BS-7 emission standard.
Speaking at a closed door meeting of the apex technical committee on vehicle standards (CMVR-TSC), which was attended by senior representatives of all major automobile companies, Gadkari is learnt to have said, “You should start at your own level to carry out research for manufacturing of BS-7 vehicles. Our industry should be at par with the European counterparts. Last time the government had to set the deadline and push the industry to comply. The industry also delivered. But why should you wait for us to take such a decision?”
Currently, all vehicles in India comply to BS-6 emission norms, which is equivalent to Euro-6. Anil Chhikara, deputy transport commissioner of Delhi, said, “The proposal came as a surprise for all. But considering the way the domestic players leap frogged from BS-4 to BS-6 skipping BS-5 to manufacture cleaner vehicles at par with European countries, they should not miss the bus when the EU rolls out Euro-7. This will be necessary, if they are eyeing to increase their exports.”
Sources said senior executives from Toyota and Honda shared their ongoing research and development works for futuristic fuel to minimise vehicular pollution.
It can be recalled that the government in 2016 had set the April 2020 deadline for complete roll out of BS-6 norm and stood firm despite reservations from some vehicle manufacturers about the timeline.

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