As part of its plan to promote electric vehicles, India has now taken yet another measure to encourage citizens to go the electric way – buyers of electric vehicles will no longer have to pay fees for the issuance or renewal of the registration certificate of their vehicle. In a new notification, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has announced all battery-operated vehicles are hereon exempt from ‘the payment of fees for issue or renewal of registration certificate.’
Additionally, there will be no charges levied for assigning a new registration mark for an electric vehicle. This, MoRTH says, is a step to encourage e- mobility in the country.
On paper, the potential savings are relatively small – registration certificate issuance/renewal charges presently range from Rs 1,000 – 1,500 for passenger vehicles and are pegged at Rs 300 for two-wheelers. These rise to Rs 5,000 for an imported passenger vehicle and Rs 2,500 for an imported two-wheeler.
However, this is another step in the country’s plans to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. Recently, the Centre revised the FAME-II scheme to increase subsidy for electric two-wheelers by a substantial margin, and several states – including Gujarat and Maharashtra – have rolled out elaborate EV policies to entice motorists into opting for an electric vehicle.