India: Emission rules freeze fire truck purchases

The rule keeps the fire department from replacing apparatus nearing 30 years old

By Stuti Shukla 
The Indian Express

MUMBAI, India — The decision of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highway to bring into effect the Bharat Stage IV (Euro IV) emission norms in 13 major cities of India since April 2010 has put the brakes on important acquisitions by the Mumbai Fire Brigade. While 22 of its 56 fire tenders (engines) across 33 fire stations are around 28 years old, the proposal to urgently replace them has been stuck for over two years as major truck manufacturers have not started manufacturing BS-IV vehicles yet.

Municipal rules do not allow a fire engine to be used beyond 15 years, but these 22 fire tenders remain in operation even though they have long outlived their life.

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