New Delhi: The government is considering a proposal to grant driving licence to teens in the age group of 16-18 years for riding gearless scooties with 100cc engine capacity, a move which bows to the growing trend of youngsters whizzing past in such light twowheelers which is not allowed under the existing laws.
The government has also approved green registration plates for electric vehicles with numbers in white for private cars and yellow for commercial vehicles, road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Media had first reported the recommendation by a group of state transport ministers in June 2016 to grant licence to teens to ride gearless twowheelers of 100 cc capacity.
The Central Motor Vehicles Act provides for issuing licence to 16-18 age group for below 50 CC gearless scooters, though no such scooters are available in India. This was brought to the government’s notice by the GoM.
Gadkari said the distinctive green registration plates will give a special recognition to electric vehicles, which will help them get preferential parking and other facilities. He said an official notification to allow vehicles to get such number plates will be out in a week.
The transport ministry is also working on the proposal to exempt electric vehicles from transport permits for commercial operation on the lines of erickshaws. This proposal was first mooted in May 2017 when electric cabs were launched in Nagpur by Gadkari and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
PTI qouted Gadkari as saying, “The government is also contemplating to ask taxi aggregators to have an incremental share of electric vehicles from 2020 onwards, which could be 1% of the fleet every year.”