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BSIV vehicle registration deadline today, April 30, for Maharashtra

Team OD  | Updated: April 30, 2020, 11:19 AM IST

All BSIV vehicles that have been sold by dealers in Maharashtra prior to the lockdown will have to be registered by today. RTOs have asked dealers for a list of all the BSIV vehicles that they have sold but weren't able to register due to the COVID19 pandemic. Documents for thee vehicles will have to be presented to RTOs across the state today.

The original deadline for the switch to BSVI sales was March 31, which meant that when the state went into lockdown around May 20, there were numerous BSIV cars that had been sold but couldn't be registered. Today's deadline is for these cars.

The Supreme Court has partially relaxed the cutoff date for the sale of BSIV cars, however. Dealers will be able to sell 10 per cent of their stock of BSIV vehicles, for up to 10 days from when the lockdown lifts. This is valid across India, except Delhi-NCR. This comes after numerous parties, including FADA, appealed to the court given the prevailing situation. Sales had already been weak but the coronavirus has dropped this to a trickle, with dealerships and production facilities shut.

The auto industry, already in the midst of a slowdown, has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID19 outbreak. This effect has trickled down to the entire ecosystem with dealers saddled with unsold stock and few bookings.

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