Separate Emission Norms for Agriculture, Construction Machinery Proposed
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a draft notification to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 to separate the emission norms for agricultural machinery, including tractors, power tillers and combined harvesters along with those for construction equipment vehicles.
The ministry invited suggestions and comments from the public, including all the stakeholders, on draft notification within 30 days from notification date.
It has also proposed to change the nomenclature of emission norms from Bharat Stage (CEV/TREM)-IV and Bharat Stage (CEV/TREM)-V to TREM Stage-IV and TREM Stage-V for agricultural tractors and other equipment and CEV Stage-IV and CEV Stage-V for construction equipment vehicles.
The ministry noted that this had been proposed to avoid any confusion, between the emission norms of other motor vehicles which have BS as the norm.
In another significant development, the ministry said that it is considering the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, tractor manufacturers and agriculture associations to defer the implementation of the next stage of emission norms for tractors (TREM Stage-IV) by one year to October 1, 2021.
Also for construction equipment vehicles, the applicability of the next phase of emission norms are proposed to be applicable with effect from April 1, 2021, providing a deferment of six months.