Gauhati High Court bans sale of small pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles

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Gauhati High Court passed an in­terim or­der on 26 July 2015 ban­ning the sale of all pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles up to 1,500 kg. The ban also in­cludes quadri­cy­cles in this weight range. The in­terim or­der was passed based on pe­ti­tions filed by in­di­vid­u­als re­gard­ing the safety of small cars.

The or­der came into ef­fect on 6 Au­gust 2015 with the As­sam trans­port depart­ment send­ing a di­rec­tive to all dis­trict trans­port of­fi­cers. The move has caused a slump in sales for the north-east­ern re­gion as the state of As­sam has been a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to au­to­mo­tive sales in the re­gion. A dealer source also re­vealed that car sales in the states of Na­ga­land, Mi­zo­ram and Arunachal Pradesh have also been af­fected with all three states fall­ing un­der the Gauhati High Court’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

The or­der is a re­sult of the Euro NCAP crash tests that were con­ducted in Novem­ber 2014 on pop­u­lar hatch­backs sold in In­dia. Many of the car mod­els failed to get through in the tests. The Gauhati High Court cited th­ese tests in the in­terim or­der.

Mean­while, the So­ci­ety of In­dian Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers (SIAM) has filed an af­fi­davit with the Gauhati High Court call­ing into ques­tion the ban, cit­ing that all cars cur­rently on sale in the coun­try meet ex­ist­ing safety and emis­sion norms. The next hear­ing on this mat­ter is ex­pected to take place by the end of Au­gust 2015.

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