Petrol vehicles: Petrol vehicles will not be sold in Chandigarh after June, registration of petrol vehicles will be stopped soon
The Chandigarh administration has taken a bold step to promote electric vehicles (EVs) in the city. After June, no petrol bike will be sold or registered in Chandigarh. This is in line with the administration’s EV policy, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint and pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles. This policy was prepared by the Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) and is administered by the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA).
According to the EV policy, the target for registration of petrol bikes for the year 2023-24 is 6200, but this target is likely to be achieved by June only, as nearly 3700 bikes have been registered in one and a half months. This means that only 2,500 more petrol bikes can be registered till June, after which only electric bikes will be allowed. This decision has created chaos among two-wheeler dealers in the city. They say that this policy will destroy their business and thousands of dependent families will be affected.
They also say that people are not willing to buy electric bikes, which are much more expensive than petrol bikes and have many problems such as battery fires. They also point out that many big companies like Maruti don’t manufacture electric bikes yet. They have demanded the administration to reconsider this policy and instead of suddenly banning petrol bikes, provide incentives to people to buy EVs. They also say that this policy will cause a huge loss of road tax revenue to the administration. Two-wheeler dealers have tried to challenge this policy in the past, but with no success. They have approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, but no relief has been obtained. He has also met the administrator’s advisor Dharmapala, but no positive response was received.
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