Tamil Nadu has yet to finalize its electric transport vehicle registration policy
Even though the Institute of Road Transport has issued tenders for the purchase of 100 electric buses for the Metropolitan Transport Corporation and plans to add 400 more to the fleet of the state’s public transport system, the Tamil Nadu government has not yet adopted a policy of registering electric transport vehicles.
According to Department of Transport sources, a proposal to obtain guidelines on the registration of battery electric vehicles was pending with the state government. However, tenders have been launched for the purchase of 100 air-conditioned buses in June this year, and the deadline for submitting expression of interest documents from reputable domestic and international automakers has come to an end. in July.
Responding to a petition filed by C. Manikandan of Virudhunagar under the Right to Information Act on Tourist Permit and Structure of Fees and Taxes for Battery Electric Buses, the Transport and Safety Commission road said clarification had been sought on details of registration and fees. for electric transport vehicles was under consideration by the state government. Other electric vehicles such as two-wheelers and cars have been exempted from registration/renewal fees as per Union Government guidelines issued in August 2021.
Tamil Nadu State Information Commissioner S. Muthuraj, who heard the case, ordered the transport authorities to communicate the government’s decision on the guidelines for vehicle registration of battery-electric transport to the petitioner within one month.
When contacted by The Hindu On Monday, a senior Department of Transportation official said a decision on the registration process for battery-electric buses would be made long before the buses are purchased and added to the fleet. All vehicles manufactured, after obtaining the approval of the competent authority, should be registered in accordance with the provisions of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.