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Centre okays green licence plates for electric vehicles

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New Delhi: To promote electric vehicles in India, the government has approved green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles and yellow for taxis, union minister Nitin Gadkari said.

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 electric vehicles in fleet. “The government has approved distinctive green licence plates for electric vehicles to encourage people to use electric vehicles. Such vehicles will be fitted with green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private cars and yellow font for taxis,” Mr 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 e-vehicle’s use and the government is considering 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,” he said.

Similarly, e-bikes also should see a considerable impact since it is a new area, he added.