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Battery Operated Vehicles: Issuance of Registration Certificate Fees may be exempted

June 2, 2021

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notification dated May 27, 2021 to further amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 with the object to take a step forward for the adoption of electric vehicles in India[1]. The legislative intent behind the proposed amendment is to develop a viable e-mobility ecosystem which is affordable, reliable and easy to use as conventional automobiles for the consumers in India.

Exempt Electric Vehicles or BOV’s from payment for Issuance/ Renewal of RC

As per the draft rules, a proviso has been added to Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 which proposes to exempt Battery Operated Vehicles (BOV) from payment of fees for the purpose of issuance or renewal of Registration Certificate (RC) and assignment of new registration mark. The Ministry further added that this step has been taken to encourage e-mobility. The Ministry has also invited comments from the general public and stakeholders within a period of thirty days from the date of issuance of the draft notification.

Relevant extract from the Draft Rules

“Provided further that, for the Battery Operated Vehicles as defined in rule 2(u); the items given at Sl. no. 4 of the below-mentioned TABLE shall be exempted from the payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of the new registration mark.”

The proposed amendment to the Central Vehicle Rules is a welcome move and takes India one step closer to the elimination of vehicular pollution. With such draft Rules coming into play, electric mobility will also contribute to balancing of energy demand, energy storage, and environmental stability. Thereby penetrating deep into the Indian market and further accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles by the public in India.

[1]https://morth.nic.in/sites/default/files/notifications_document/draft%20GSR%20352%28E%29%20dated%2027th%20May%202021%20registration%20fees%20exemption%20to%20battery%20operated%20vehicle.pdf

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