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Eletric Vehicle makers want govt to keep RTO charges nominalWhile a notification on the matter is expected in a week, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways early this week said the government has approved unique licence plates for EVs to promote their use.The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has urged the government to keep registration charges nominal for electric vehicles (EVs).The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has urged the government to keep registration charges nominal for electric vehicles (EVs). It has also suggested that green licence plates be mandated for all delivery vehicles, not just fleets. “Few fringe benefits of the green plate like toll free and preferential parking have been spelt out. We hope that our two core requests under the green plate wish list also become part of this plan. We have requested the government to keep RTO/registration charges only nominal for green plate vehicles and not 6-10% as of now. Also, we have requested green plates to be mandated for all delivery vehicles, and not only fleets, ” said Sohinder Gill, director – corporate affairs, SMEV. Gill is also the CEO of Hero Electric. He added that green licence plate is a welcome step, and if planned and executed properly, will support EVs.While a notification on the matter is expected in a week, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways early this week said the government has approved unique licence plates for EVs to promote their use. He said private EVs will bear green licence plates with numbers in white fonts and taxis in yellow. The government is also believed to be asking taxi aggregators to have a percentage of their fleet as EVs. It is also contemplating on permitting youth in the age group of 16-18 years to ride gear-less e-scooters. Currently, the youth in the said age group are granted licence for below 50cc gear-less scooters under the Motor Vehicles Act.At present, there are four kinds of licence plates in the country – white plates with numbers in black font for private cars, yellow plates with fonts in black for commercial vehicles/taxis, black plates with yellow font letters for self-driven rental vehicles and blue plates with white font letters for embassies and high commissions. Defence vehicles have a different registration system given by the defence ministry, while vehicles of the President and governors carry red licence plates with the national emblem. According to the SMEV, electric vehicles make less than 1% of the total vehicle sales in the country, but has potential to grow to more than 5% in few years. In 2017-18, 24 million vehicles were sold in the country.Source By: FE,  May 12, 2018  5:32 AM
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Mumbai RTOs not ready with test tracks; deadline ends in April The Bombay HC, in its order, had clearly stated it won’t grant an extension for making the test tracks.None of the four regional transport offices (RTO) in the city are ready with the 250-metre brake test tracks required to conduct vehicle fitness tests, although the deadline set by the Bombay high court (HC) ends this month.On September 14, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Pune-based whistleblower Shrikant Karve, the HC had directed the transport department to stop conducting vehicle fitness tests on open roads by April-end.The HC, in its order, had clearly stated it won’t grant an extension for making the test tracks. It had warned that if the tracks are not ready within six months, it might stop brake tests or renewal of fitness certificates.Although not in Mumbai, the transport department did manage to get test tracks ready in other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). On Sunday, the department is going to inaugurate the track of the Panvel RTO at Taloja, in the presence of transport minister Diwakar Raote. In case of commercial vehicles, one with the yellow number plates, fitness tests are conducted annually, except for newly registered ones. New vehicles have to renew their fitness certificate two years after registration while private vehicles, one with the white number plates, have to do so after 15 years.The Tardeo RTO has been conducting vehicle fitness tests in its office premises, on a testing track of less than 100 metre. Andheri RTO and Wadala RTO have been conducting the tests on open roads, while Borivli RTO has been doing so on a rented BEST plot. According to RTO officials, the Tardeo RTO had sought the land of Aarey dairy at Worli sea face for the test track, while Wadala RTO had requested for itsdairy land at Kurla, besides a government land at Mulund. Borivli RTO and Andheri RTO had sought lands adjacent to Aarey road in Goregaon and near the Versova cemetery, respectively.Apart from Andheri, the government has not allotted the land to any other RTO in Mumbai. A senior RTO official said, “The government issued a notification about the allotment of land to RTOs months ago, but the files are still pending at the collector’s office, ” he said, requesting anonymity.Another official said they resent the proposals for the plots. Meanwhile, transport secretary and commissioner, Manoj Saunik, could not be reached for comment.Source:HT
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Government Approves Green License Plates for E-VehiclesThe government also plans to allow youth in the age bracket of 16-18 years to drive electric scooters, besides mandating taxi aggregators to have a certain percentage of the e-vehicle fleetTo promote electric vehicles in India, the government has approved green license plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles and yellow for taxis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. The government also plans to allow youth in the age bracket of 16-18 years to drive electric scooters, besides mandating taxi aggregators to have a certain percentage of the e-vehicle fleet."The government has approved distinctive green license plates for electric vehicles to encourage people to use electric vehicles. Such vehicles will be fitted with green license plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private cars and yellow font for taxis, " Gadkari said. A notification in this regard will be out in a week's time, the minister, who has been advocating electric mobility promotion, he said.The purpose behind distinctive number plates is their easy identification for preferential treatment in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like concessional toll, the road transport, and highways minister told PTI.The measure is aimed at promoting vehicle's use and the government is considering an exemption from permits for such vehicles."Exemption from permit will be a game changer as restricted permit regime is a major concern. E-rickshaw growth is attributable to the permit exemption and there is scope to extend the exemption to the e-buses, e-taxis, e-autos, and e-bikes. E-auto and e-buses may have a big impact since getting a new permit is extremely difficult, " the minister said.Similarly, e-bikes also should see a considerable impact since it is a new area, he added. Besides, the government is contemplating permitting youth in the age group of 16-18 years to drive e-scooters, which are gearless and this will lead to a big demand for e-scooters, the minister noted.Under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, those in the age group of 16-18 years are granted a licence for below 50 CC gearless scooters. Incidentally, there is no scooter in this category made in the country."The government is also contemplating to ask taxi aggregators to have an incremental share of electric vehicles from 2020 onwards, which could be 1 percent of the fleet every year, " Gadkari said.Similarly, all public transport operators may also be mandated to provide 1 percent incremental fleet from 2020 onwards, he added. Stressing that electric vehicles will bring down vehicular pollution, Gadkari said the government is tightening fuel efficiency norms.Besides, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will request the finance ministry that the rate of depreciation on EVs may be allowed at 50 percent as against the rate of 15 percent for conventional vehicles. The proposals include bringing down the GST on batteries to 12 percent at par with the GST on EVs.As per an estimate, India at present has 1 to 1.5 lakh electric vehicles and it is projected to grow to about 5 percent of the total vehicles in the next five years, an official said. Of the about 24 million vehicles sold in India in 2017-18, electric vehicles accounted for barely about 1 percent, the official added.India, currently, has four kinds of number plates - white licence plates with numbers on black font for private cars, yellow plates with fonts in black for commercial vehicles, black plates with yellow font letters for self-driven rental vehicles and blue plates with white font letters for Embassies and High Commissions.Army vehicles, on the other hand, follow a different registration system given by the defence ministry, while vehicles of the President and governors have red licence plates with the national emblem.Updated: May 9, 2018, 5:40 PM IST TV18 Network. https://www.news18.com/news/auto/government-approves-green-license-plates-for-e-vehicles-1743143.html
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