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    Govt. resolves BIG anomaly....... allows 16 year olds to ride 100cc automatic scooters LEGALLY earlier it was 50cc only Underage driving has been a major menace in India. While many developed nations allow a restricted driving licence at an earlier age, in India an individual had to be at least 18 years old to apply for a license. Well, this can be a thing of past as the government is working on a new rule to allow teenagers of age 16 and above to ride legally. The union ministry is working on a proposal to grant driving licenses to 16-18 years old. People belonging to the age group can apply for a formal license that will allow them to ride gearless scooters with up to 100cc capacity. The new rule is being considered after the growing trend of teenagers using such gearless scooters illegally. And non availability of 50cc mopeds like luna and Vickie's of previous years. A group of state transport ministries recommended the new rule to the union government in 2016. Interestingly, the Central Motor Vehicles Act allows the 16-18 years old teens to apply for a license but the restriction is 50cc gearless scooters. There is no such scooter available in the Indian market till now, which forced the group of ministers to bring it to the government’s notice. The new ruling will allow many teenagers to ride legally in India. There are numerous gearless scooters below 100cc in the Indian market that will serve the purpose of the amendment. However, for two-wheelers above 100cc, geared two-wheelers and light motor vehicles, an individual will have to wait till 18 years of age. After various state cops started to enforce underage driving rules strictly, many parents were arrested for allowing their underage children to drive or ride. The new law will give such parents a breather. It will also allow the insurance companies to compensate for any incidents if an individual aged between 16-18 years with a valid license is riding a gearless scooter under 100cc. It’s not yet known as to when the new rule will come into force. However, it should happen soon as the government is considering it seriously now. Source Posted on May 12, 2018 by Shanto nil Na g For latest news on RTO rules and regulations and work keep visiting www.RTOseva4U.com regularly.
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    Government Approves Green License Plates for E-Vehicles 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 To 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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    Teenagers Will Get License For Gearless 100CC Bikes; Green Number Plates Coming Soon! Good news for teenagers, and 2-wheeler manufacturers in India: Govt. will make their lives easier. Very soon, 16 to 18-year-olds can get a license to drive gearless 2-wheelers, which are under 100CC. This is expected to trigger a lot of new sale of 2-wheelers in India. And, teenagers, who are anyways driving such vehicles, will get ‘official’ clearance. Meanwhile, a proposal has been submitted for green number plates for electric vehicles. Driving Licence for Teenagers For Gearless 100CC Bikes? As of now, driving license is issued to those, who are above 18 years of age and driving any vehicle. This is as per Central Motor Vehicles Act rules. However, there is no license required to drive a 2-wheeler with 50CC engine capacity. Now, the problem is that there is no such vehicle with 50CC capacity, and this is the reason that a lot of 16 to 18-year-olds drive gearless 2-wheeler in cities. This fact was informed to the Govt. by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Govt. has now planned to make their movements official. Very soon, 16 to 18-year-olds  will be provided with a special license to drive gearless 2 wheelers, which are under 100CC engine capacity. Analysts are saying that this will trigger massive sales of sub-100CC 2-wheelers in India, and will make lives of 16 to 18-year-olds easier. Green Number Plates? Besides, Road and Transport Ministry has suggested the concept of green number plates for electric vehicles. This has been suggested keeping in mind the promotion of electric vehicles in India, and Govt.’s plan to make all vehicles electric by 2020. Green number plates will have a green colour, instead of the regular white or yellow background. Hence, green number plate vehicles will get special treatment at parking spots and during tests. In short, electric vehicle owners will be provided with special privileges, to encourage more usage and adoption. And, permits for electric vehicles can also be relaxed, on the line of e-rickshaws. Hence, anyone with an electric vehicle can very soon travel anywhere, do any transport business, without any permits. Recently, all Govt. officials in New Delhi were asked to ride only in electric vehicles, and earlier,  special incentives and promotionswere announced to make electric vehicles popular.
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    Eletric Vehicle makers want govt to keep RTO charges nominal 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. 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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    With octroi gone, cars & bikes make a rush for Mum RTOs 105% More Bikes Registered. For Cars, Rise Is 42% RTOseva4U.com informs you that there has been a sharp increase in the registration of new cars, twowheelers, minibuses and tempos in Mumbai because of the abolition of octroi collection at the city’s check posts in 2017. Before that, many Mumbaikars preferred to register their vehicles in other municipal areas of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, if not in cities beyond MMR. In just one year, 105% more two-wheelers and 42% more cars and SUVS have been registered in the island city. The number of new registrations in the suburbs too has gone up, though not to as great an extent as in the island city. Octroi comprised a 4.5% additional levy on the purchase of vehicles under the jurisdiction of the four RTOs within BMC limits. This included the Tardeo RTO (island city), Wadala RTO (eastern suburbs), and Andheri and Borivli RTOs (western suburbs). According to an official, a significant number of buyers would prefer to register their vehicles outside Mumbai to save costs, which would be Rs 3, 000-5, 000 for two-wheelers, Rs 18, 000 on an average for a hatchback to around Rs 60, 000 for an SUV. One would register vehicles at RTOs as far as Pen or Panvel. “But after octroi abolition came into effect on July 1, 2017, there is no difference between registering a car within Mumbai or outside it. You have to pay the same road tax and insurance across MMR, ” said a senior official from the Tardeo RTO. “Now, whether or not supported by dealers, buyers are opting for registration within Mumbai.” The Tardeo RTO provided statistics comparing the registration of vehicles in 2017-18 with that done in 2016-17. In the island city, especially south Mumbai, the number of motorcyles and scooters registered in 2017-18 was 105% more (in numbers, a rise of 24, 000) as compared to the previous year, while car registrations shot up by 40% (a rise of 5, 000). In case of commercial vehicles, four-wheeler delivery vans went up by almost 175%, and minibuses by 660%, officials said. “In some cases, we are getting applications from car dealers in Thane who want vehicles to be registered in Mumbai (eastern suburbs RTO) as buyers stay there. In one case, a buyer from Mulund could not find any showroom of his preferred car in his vicinity and went to Thane to buy the vehicle. In his case, the dealer at Thane assured that the vehicle will be registered in Mumbai with an MH-03 number plate (eastern suburbs), ” said an official from Wadala RTO. Also, the process of registrations has become faster because of the implementation of the online system Vahan across RTOs. More than 80% of the job is being done at the manufacturer and dealer levels, including the uploading of buyer’s information, fee paying and providing the vehicle’s technical specifications. An RTO inspector checks the vehicle’s specifications within 24 hours, and within the next 24 hours, an assistant RTO gives approval and also assigns a new registration number. “Now, instead of waiting endlessly for a number plate, you can get it within 48 hours of the file reaching the RTO, ” said a transport department official. Credit: Somit Sen, TimesGroup.Com
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