BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: In a way, no matter how badly timed, India is a ahead of Europe as it has effected the transition from BS IV to BS VI with the India-based automotive and 2-wheeler supporting the April 1 deadline with appropriately upgraded products. The market in India awaits a phase-wise exit from the lockdown
But the scenario in Europe is not quite the same where the coronavirus has hit industry-biased countries like Germany, Italy, France and Spain in particular.
Manufacturers are now pushing the EU to postpone the deadline by a year. The deadline for the Euro 5 emission transition in Europe is January 1, 2021.
In addition to virus containment measures taken in factories, it has led to a near complete standstill of the industry in many European countries. Given the current pandemic scenario in Europe, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) struggling to work out all possible solutions while being not so sure of meeting the deadlines has also appealed to the European Union to extend the deadline by a year.
The official statement from the ACEM read, “The recent lock-down and stringent measures to contain the pandemic have also paralyzed motorcycle retail business activity. This is progressively affecting all European markets, creating unsettling uncertainties for the motorcycle sector. The COVID-19 crisis is placing dealerships, most of which are small family-run operations, under extreme financial hardship.”
With a little less than eight months to go before the Euro 5 regulations come into effect, manufacturers will have to comply with European homologation standards even before products can be sold. And this is where the stumbling block arises for which extra time is being asked for.