Govt approves green licence plates for electric vehicles

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Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not much

Mains level: Possible impact of the decision.


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Move To promote electric vehicles in India

  1. The government has approved green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles and yellow for taxis

Aim of the government

  1. The government has approved distinctive green licence plates for electric vehicles to encourage people to use electric vehicles
  2. Such vehicles will be fitted with green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private cars and yellow font for taxis
  3. 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

Other steps taken by the government in the same direction

  1. 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 e-vehicle fleet
  2. The measure is aimed at promoting e-vehicle’s use and the government is considering exemption from permits for such vehicles
  3. The government is also contemplating to ask taxi aggregators to have an incremental share of electric vehicles from 2020 onwards, which could be 1 per cent of the fleet every year

The government is considering exemption from permits for such vehicles

  1. Exemption from permit will be a game changer as restricted permit regime is a major concern
  2. 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
  3. E-auto and e-buses may have a big impact since getting a new permit is extremely difficult

Different kinds of number plates in India

  1. India, currently, has four kinds of number plates
    (1) white licence plates with numbers on black font for private cars, (2) yellow plates with fonts in black for commercial vehicles, (3) black plates with yellow font letters for self-driven rental vehicles and (4) blue plates with white font letters for Embassies and High Commissions
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