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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
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.
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.
Telangana HC: Charge road tax on invoice The Telangana High Court has ruled that life tax on vehicles can only be levied on its invoice price and not on its ex-showroom price. A petition was filed by advocate Kishore Rai, who said that the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) had charged life tax on the ex-showroom price which was higher than the invoice price. He had purchased a Volvo XC60 at a discount of Rs. 3 lakh on the ex-showroom price and had claimed a tax refund of Rs. 51, 000. The court ruled that the petitioner is entitled for a refund since the ex-showroom price is not the actual cost of the vehicle. The RTA has been ordered to process the refund within the next 3 weeks. Source: ET Auto 11 May 2018 Tushar Kelshikar
RTO undertakes drive against Royal Enfield with modified exhausts Kerala RTO claims to bring noise pollution under control with suspension of Registration Certificate of two wheelers with modified exhaust. Following our earlier report of Rajasthan High Court issuing orders to the local RTO to cancel driving licenses of those found talking on mobile phones while driving or riding, the Kerala RTO has now launched a campaign against Royal Enfield motorcycles with modified exhausts. Even as the Kerala Traffic Police have claimed that there are over 1, 000 bikes sporting loud exhausts in Ernakulam, the local RTO has promised stringent action against them. Many of these bikers own Royal Enfield and have been repeatedly receiving fines for this illegal act. The local RTO has now initiated suspension of RC – Registration Certificate for a period of 3 months during which time the bikers will not be allowed to ride their vehicles. Following the 3 month suspension period, offenders will have to take their bikes to the RTO for inspection. Once it is ascertained that this noise emitting exhausts have been replaced with a stock unit, then only will the RC be reissued. Bangalore police had confiscated hundreds of RE exhausts and crushed them under a road roller in a public display. This new campaign will be officially launched on 1st June 2018 and suspension of RC will be under Section 53 of Motor Vehicle Act, where in it clearly states that it is illegal to modify any part of a car or a motorcycle without permission from RTO. These modified silencers cause noise of around 95 dB to 100dB which is louder than a bus horn. These aftermarket exhaust systems are on offer through dealers across Kerala but these dealers cannot be held liable for sale of these exhaust system as they clearly indicate that these exhausts are exclusively for off road or competition use only. It is hence upto the bike owners to abide by the law or face severe punishment. Source Rushlane By Pea rl Dani els on May 11, 2018
IF YOU ARE IN AHEMEDABAD AND HAVEN'T GOT YOUR RC BOOK YET? VISIT RTO ASAP ON MAY 20, 2018 If you have been issued a vehicle registration certificate book in the past three months but have not received it due to some reason, visit the Sabarmati RTO on May 20 between 11 am and 4 pm. The RTO is holding a camp to distribute around 25, 000 RC books that had been sent by post to vehicle owners, but have returned to the RTO due to wrong addresses or other reasons. The RTO had dispatched more than 1 lakh RC books after updating names, addresses and other detail during the period. This is the first time that such a camp is being organized for the public. Regional Transport Officer (Ahmedabad) S P Muniya said, "RC books of newly registered vehicles are dispatched after verifying and updating names, addresses and other details. Over 25, 000 RC books were returned to the RTO in past three months because of reasons like change of address, closed houses or wrong addresses among others. We have decided to organize a camp on May 20 to hand over RC books to vehicle owners as resending RC books to addresses from where they have been returned makes no sense. We are aware that 25, 000 is a large number and decided to allot a Sunday so that owners can collect their RC books at their convenience." Vehicle owners who have not yet received their RC books can walk in with a copy of Aadhar card, voter ID or other photo identity and address proof and collect them. AM Source: Ahmedabad Mirror | Updated: May 10, 2018, 02.00 AM IST