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The Telegraph. Indian refiners appear not to be prepared to meet completely the April 1 deadline for the introduction of gasoline and diesel conforming to Euro-3 fuel standards in 11 cities and Euro-2 grade fuel in the rest of the country, according to a government status report.

Imports can help meet the deadline for the introduction of Euro-3 grade gasoline,  but Euro-3 diesel  could only be introduced in six cities—Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad—as the fuel is not available internationally for import.

The other five Euro-3 cities—Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur and Agra—might have qualifying diesel supplies after May.

The quality of fuel is a critical factor in reducing emissions. India has linked its Bharat Stage emissions and fuel specifications to the Euro standards—BS-II, for example, is Euro-2 equivalent.

Sulfur is one of the key elements that must be reduced. Not only does sulfur in the fuel contribute to the formation of sulfur dioxide (a component of acid rain), but sulfur concentrations spoil the catalytic converters needed to reduce other emissions. Below are two tables showing select current and targeted norms: one for gasoline, the other for diesel.

India’s restrictions on sulfur are not quite as exacting as the Euro standards, or the new low-sulfur US EPA regulations due to take effect in 2006. Euro-4 gasoline fuel reference specifications call for 100 ppm sulfur in Euro-3 and 10 ppm in Euro-4. The Euro-4 diesel spec mandates less than 10 ppm. The EPA has mandated sulfur fuels with less than 15 ppm by the end of 2006.

Select Indian Gasoline Standards
Sulfur (ppm) 1,000 500 150 50
Lead (g/liter) 0.013 0.005 0.005

Indian Diesel Sulfur Standards
Sulfur (ppm) 2,500 500 350 50

The BS-II (Bharat Stage) requirements were in effect for the 11 major cities above in 2003, and go into effect for the entire rest of the country on 1 April 2005—the same date the BS-III standards go into effect for the 11 cities above.

By 1 April 2010, the Indian government plans to have the 11 cities supplied with BS-IV conformant fuel, while the BS-III standards would then extend to the rest of the country.



Farhad yousefi

Dear Sir/Madam
I'm an expert working in a big & reputable company by name "Iran khodro company"(Ikco) .Iran khodro is a carmanufacturing company Which exports different cars tomany countries .
I , as a researcher at this stage of my researchabout susceptible Countries for exporting , I needstandards documents about type & quality of imported cars to India approved by thegovernment of this Country .In other word :
There are some standard documents in any country inwhich the type & quality of all imported goods havebeen defined .And on the basis of this standards, anycountry gives permission to the exporters & theirgoods to be imported in that specific country .Your vehicle standard might be similar to ISO , BSI , DIN , SAE , EEC etc .I hope that you can help me in this regard .Your as soon as possible reply is highly appreciated .

Best regard .


You can find a list of current Indian Automotive Industry Standards here on the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) site.

Also see the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). BIS also has information on certification for importers.

Those would be good places to start.

You should also see the Society of Indian Auto Manufacturers (SIAM).

Kalpana Sharma

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to know the maximum lead contaminant level allowable for plastic pakaging and soldering in India.

Hope to get a soon reply.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Kind regards,



can u give me the latest euro III diesel specifications wef 2005 1426-2000 pls rep at my email benugopal_05@sify.com pls rep fast plspls pls do

pravin shinde

pls anybody can send me Disel fuel specifications in india for EURO 3 & EURO 4 standards and also Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) specifications....?
pls send me the details at pravinlshinde@yahoo.co.in

Ciprian Steia

Can someone send me the Performance Requirements of Lighting and Light-Signalling Devices for Motor vehicle having more than Three-Wheels, Trailer, Semi-Trailer- regulation AIS-012? At least can you confirm that this regulation is identical with UNECE regulation No.6 in regard to break lights?

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