Over 37% diesel sold in the country is consumed by buses and trucks. The government now plans to enforce stricter engine norms on bus and truck manufacturers to help reduce fuel consumption as well as pollution.
A new committee has been formed to ensure that the diesel conservation move is implemented soon. This decision is in line with the government’s plan to have fuel specifications for diesel and petrol engines following international standards such as Euro-III and Euro-IV emission norms.
Also, for this very purpose, the government has also roped in officials from the Department of Heavy Industry, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in the committee.
Within a time frame of 15 months, the government plans to have efficiency parameters set for the heavy trucks and buses consuming a bulk of the diesel sold in the country. Currently, only Japan has such parameters set for heavy vehicles, and China is also in the process of implementing these.
Source – ET Auto