Karnataka mulls exemption of road tax for electric cars

Karnataka mulls exemption of road tax for electric cars

The Karnataka government is likely to exempt electrical vehicles from payment of road tax and value added tax. The department of transport is in the process of sending a recommendation to this effect.

"The governments of Gujarat, Delhi and Goa have already extended road tax exemption to electric vehicles including passenger cars and two-wheelers. We are also working in the same direction as part of our efforts to contribute to the environment, as electric vehicles do not emit carbon dioxide. We will very soon send a proposal to the state government in this regard," said K Amaranarayana, Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety, government of Karnataka.

Responding to a query at the annual convention of Society for Automotive Fitness & Environment (SAFE), a SIAM initiative, in Bangalore recently, he said the department of transport was in dialogue with the state government for providing relief in road tax to electric car buyers as done in many other states. We are building up a proposal. We have to inform the government about the intangible benefits of electric vehicles such as zero carbon emission and safety to passengers. We will submit our report very soon as advised by the chief secretary, he said.

Currently, only Mahindra Reva manufactures electric passenger cars in the country. The company has made many representations to the state government to exempt electric cars from payment of road tax and VAT.

Amaranarayana said the department has also extended the trial run of electric bus run by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). The bus is manufactured and provided to BMTC by BYD.

Both BYD and BMTC had requested for extending the trial run. The BMTC has already tested the vehicle for three months and it wants to continue the study on the usability of the electric bus for some more time. So, we have given them two more months? time,? he said. He, however, said there has been no decision on buying the electric bus by the BMTC.

This bus, he said produces very less noise and causes no pollution. The commuters are happy with the performance of the bus and the comfort and safety it offers, he added.

As part of the environment initiatives, he said the transport department would take on rent 10 electric cars for regional transport officers in the state on a trial basis. The officers will use these cars on a trial basis before purchasing more for the transport department, he said.

Amaranarayana himself uses an electric car and the department was in the process of setting up a solar bunk for charging electric cars in the BMTC campus, he said.

Source: Business Standard

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