What has come as a respite is the change in Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989. The Ministry of Road and Transport has confirmed that the government has eased norms for import of 2,500 motor vehicles of certain categories annually. This change has been done in accordance with the powers under the Motor Vehicles Act, according to gazette notification by the ministry.
"... In respect of vehicle manufacturer, importing into India unused completely built units or completely knocked down units of right-hand steering control vehicles, directly or through their authorised representative, up to 2500 units of M1 or L category of vehicles, as the case may be, and up to 500 units of other categories of vehicles annually," said the notification.
One must note that the units imported should be in compliance with the international standard such as EEC or ECE or Japanese. Moreover, the compliance of such vehicles should be determined to be established for sale and registration under the rule 47, through a certificate of compliance for the relevant standard issued by an authorized agency or a certified agency.