Green license plates for e-vehicles in India

electric carTo promote electric vehicles in India, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari approved green license plates bearing private e-vehicle number in white fonts and yellow plates for taxis, on Wednesday.

In addition, the government had planned to allow youth of 16 to 18 years to drive electric scooters, besides mandating taxi aggregators to have a specific percentage of 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 by the end of this week, the Minister, who has been advocating electric mobility promotion, further said.

The motive behind this distinctive number plate plan is their easy identification for preferential parking treatment and free entry in congested areas along with other proposed benefits, the road transport and highways minister told.

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.

 

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