has decided to defer the roll out of the next stage of
, agricultural combined harvesters and tractors by six months - from October 2020 to April 2021 - in view of the Covid
The move comes after the agriculture ministry and construction equipment manufacturers suggested deferring the timeline because of the global health crisis. They have suggested the need to give more time for implementation of the new emission norms.
“Considering the request, the ministry has issued the draft notification regarding deferment of BS (construction equipment vehicle/
equipment)-IV emission norms which pertain to construction equipment vehicles, tractors and harvesters, from October 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021 to invite suggestions from stakeholders,” a ministry official said.
Globally, the emission norms are different for these categories of vehicles and all other vehicles.
Sources said the equipment manufacturers and farmers groups had been pursuing the deferment of these norms for the past one year.
The ministry has also recently issued draft notification to do away with the mandatory requirement of feracrylum gel tube in every commercial vehicle, which is used to stop bleeding. The ministry has also delayed the rolling out of a few vehicle standards, which don’t compromise passenger safety, to bring some comfort to the Covid-hit automobile industry.