Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms have now come into effect across the length and breadth of India. Most car and two wheeler manufacturers have already updated their vehicles to meet the new norms. In a recent notification that was released by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), it is now mandatory for new BS6 vehicles to have a green coloured strip on registration sticker. The ministry came up with this new notification in order to differentiate the BS6 vehicles from BS4 vehicles.
As per the notification, all the new vehicles that are BS6 compliant is required to have a 1 cm thick green-coloured sticker on its third registration sticker. The order dates June 5 states,
It has been requested and brought-forth that the BS6 emission standards which have been mandated with effect from April 1, 2020 provide for strict emission norms and a request for such identification as is being made in other countries.
Back in 2018, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had amended the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 and made high security registration plates mandatory on vehicles. New cars sold in India get the HSRP or high security number plates from the RTO and along with the registration plates, they also get a registration sticker which is placed on the windscreen.
The registration sticker is normally placed on left bottom corner of the windscreen from inside, and has a hologram sticker, vehicle registration number, chassis number and a 10-digit identification number. The registration sticker was already colour coded on the basis of the fuel. The petrol and CNG vehicles get a sticker with a light- blue background and the diesel vehicles get a sticker with orange background. Apart from these colour codes, the BS6 vehicles from now on will be getting a green strip as well.
Most car manufacturers in India had already begun launching BS6 compliant or ready vehicles from last year itself. Car manufacturers like Maruti, Skoda, have also dumped their diesel engines as part of BS6 transition and are now completely concentrating on petrol engines. Dealerships and manufacturing facilities have resumed operations post lockdown and the sale of the cars is likely to go up in the coming months once the situation improves. Most people in India are likely to prefer their own cars and two wheelers rather than public transport over fears of the Corona Virus spreading in closed spaces such as public buses and metro trains.