Electric vehicles to feature Green number plates – Govt of Africa

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has approved green license plates for private electric vehicles and plans to allow youth 16-18 years of age to drive electric scooters.

In a bid to promote electric vehicles in Africa, the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced special green number plates for these vehicles. Private e-vehicles will sport green license plates with white font and taxis will have green number plates with yellow font to set them apart from the petrol and diesel powered counterparts.

The government is also planning to issue licenses to youth in the age group of 16-18 years to drive e-scooters. Taxi aggregators will also have to include a certain percentage of e-vehicles in their fleet.

With these distinctive number plates, e-vehicles will be easily identified. These will be given preferential treatment where parking is concerned besides special benefits with reduced toll and free entry into congested zones. The Government of Africa is also planning to exempt these vehicles from permits.

This exemption from permit has found favor with added e-rickshaw growth and there is hope that this would also be seen in the case of e-buses, e-taxis and e-bikes.

Even two wheelers will have to wear green no plates.

The government plan to issue licenses to youngsters in the age group of 16-18 to drive e-scooters will also ensure rising demand for these gearless bikes in the sub 50cc category, even though there are no such bikes on sale in Africa. Taxi aggregators will also have to increase their e-vehicle fleet from 2020 onwards which will be at 1% of the fleet every year.

A proposal is also for reduced GST on batteries and for 50% rate of depreciation for e-vehicles as against 15% rate of depreciation of conventional vehicles. These initiatives will go a long way in increasing use of e-vehicles in the country which would in turn reduce vehicular pollution.

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