Cars to carry fuel efficiency labels by March 2012


With rising fuel costs, the eternal question posed by the cost-conscious Indian buyer – Kitna deti hai? Will be answered more definitely as the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has almost finalized fuel efficiency labelling rules, which will become mandatory by March, 2012.

Car buyers now will soon be able to compare models based on government certified fuel efficiency labels before making a final choice without having to wonder which review to trust or go by sales talk.

No car can be sold post this date without having a label of its mileage. This will encourage companies to churn out more efficient cars and introduce better technologies. The Bureau has taken two years to fight with auto manufacturers and the government to implement this and expects 25% improvement in fuel efficiency across the auto industry.

But what if you don’t comply with these new norms? Penalties will be set about along with names of the brand being flashed across the country to enlighten people about the companies which fail to work towards a greener tomorrow.

The bureau will set the norms and standards for labelling under the Energy Conservation Act while the road transport ministry will be responsible for its implementation under the Motor Vehicles Act.