Impact of BS-III vehicles ban will be minimal: Ashok Leyland

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Chennai, March 29 (IANS) Commercial vehicles maker Ashok Leyland Ltd. on Wednesday said the impact of the ban on BS-III vehicles on the company will be minimal.

On Wednesday, the apex court banned the sale and registration of vehicles not compliant with the BS-IV emission norms in the country after April 1, 2017.

The company said it has been making BS-IV emission norm compliant vehicles since 2010 and has sufficient capability and capacity to make them.

“However, since BS-IV commercial vehicles cannot run properly on BS-III fuel and such fuel is not available nationwide, our customers continued to buy BS-III vehicles,” Managing Director and CEO Vinod K. Dasari was quoted as saying in the statement.

He said given the current demand, majority of the vehicles in the pipeline have already been sold. Some more will be sold in the next couple of days where we have customer orders.

“Of the little inventory that we expect to remain beyond this, we will export them to other markets where we have significant presence and still operate on BS-III norms. Finally, for any other vehicles still left over, the company confirms that it will be able to easily upgrade them to BS-IV at minimal cost,” he said.

–IANS

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