After the end of permit system for commercial electrical autos (EVs) by the Centre two years ago, Indian government has been planning to revert to issuing such permits at a “zero” fee.
This is being completed after commercial EV homeowners flagged the problem of native state transport officers asking for permit paperwork and even harassing them for not having them regardless of the central authority’s notification specified that allows will not be required for these autos.
Sources stated the problem was introduced to the Highway Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and at a current assembly after which Highway Minister along with ministry officers directed the division to notify the brand-new norm.
“This will be a practical solution to ensure that commercial EV owners or drivers are not subjected to any harassment. They will get the document without any charge. This will work as official proof and help avoid any confrontation,” stated an official.
On October 18, 2018, the ministry issued a notification exempting battery-operated autos and those pushed on methanol or ethanol from the requirement of permits for carrying passengers or items.
Some transporters explained that the federal government wants to make sure that all states abide by the rule notified by the Centre.
“The permits for EVs should be issued automatically as and when one registers a commercial vehicle. The government must ensure that none needs to apply for such permits,” stated one of the EV bus operators.