Battery Operated Vehicles No Longer Required To Renew RC Under New MoRTH Notification

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The government added that these rules may be called the Central Motor Vehicles (Sixteenth Amendment) Rules, 2021 and they shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official gazette

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a notification to exempt battery-operated vehicles (BOVs) from payment of fees for issue or renewal of registration certificate (RC).

“This has been notified to encourage e-mobility,” the Ministry said in the notification statement.

The Ministry issued a draft notification proposing the exemption of BOVs on May 27, 2021 when comments from the general public and stakeholders were sought within 30 days from the date of the draft notification.

“Copies of the said Gazette notification were made available to the public on May 31, 2021; and whereas, no objections and suggestions were received from the public in respect of the said draft rules,” the Ministry statement said.

“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 64 and section 211 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989,” the statement added.

The government added that these rules may be called the Central Motor Vehicles (Sixteenth Amendment) Rules, 2021 and they shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official gazette.

This step heralds a big boost to the EV adoption campaign of the Central as well as state governments.

In October 2020, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot informed that the Delhi government has exempted all BOVs from registration fee under its electric vehicle policy.

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