Starting July 1, 2016, prospective new car buyers will be able to compare emission related data along with the horn noise level of their shortlisted makes and models, before finalising a purchase. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has advised all vehicle manufacturers to reveal the emissions data of their petrol, diesel as well as CNG and LPG vehicles along with the noise levels of the factory fitted horns.
This announcement was made based on an order issued by the National Green Tribunal, Pune on November 26, 2015. The notification was issued by the Ministry on December 21, 2015. It has been delivered to the principal secretaries of all states along with the director of Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Central Institute of Road Transport and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). Additionally, relevant organisations have also been sent a copy.
Vehicle manufacturers need to reveal the data in terms of pollutants and their respective values. For vehicles powered by petrol, CNG and LPG, the pollutants that need to be mentioned are carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, non-methane hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide. These pollutants need to be mentioned in terms of g/km. For diesel-powered vehicles, fine particulate matter has also been added to the above list.
This practice was already in place with many manufacturers volunteering to display fuel efficiency and pollution data of respective vehicles in the showrooms. We believe the gGovernment is keen on getting auto manufacturers to display this data after the Chevrolet Tavera and Volkswagen emissions scandals and to prevent such incidents in the future.