According to sources, hundreds of customers are in trouble due to the Chandigarh government’s policy to stop registration of petrol-powered two-wheelers for the remainder of the 2022-23 financial year. According to a notification from the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), the city has stopped the registration of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) two-wheelers effective February 10, as of March this fiscal year.
According to industry sources, people who buy two-wheelers are now unable to obtain copies of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) and physical RCs, as well as new vehicles, as dealers are unable to complete the registration process on the Vahan portal.
A dealer who asked not to be named said, “Such regulations are arbitrary and take the choice away from customers. People who have already bought or are about to buy two-wheelers are now in trouble. Two-wheelers are a luxury for many people. livelihood.
“The policy was drafted without considering the actual limit, if the production of electric two-wheelers is not 35% of the total production of two-wheelers, how can the government force sales to be 35%?”
It’s worth noting that there are only a handful of public charging stations in the city, and most of them are reportedly non-functional.
“EV products are almost twice the price. I can’t afford them. Also, how do I travel from Chandigarh to Ludhiana without charging points? Even with charging points, it would take hours to fully charge, so not entirely feasible .Why can’t I make my own choice?” said an aggrieved customer.
The country’s best-selling motorcycle, the Hero Splendor, and the best-selling scooter, the Honda Activa, cost approximately ¥80,000 rupees, while electric scooters from popular brands such as OLA and Ather cost more than ¥1 lakh rupees. Therefore, an additional up-front burden is imposed on customers mainly from low- and middle-income groups.
Another industry source said, “There is a clear shift towards electric vehicles, and the whole ecosystem of government and industry is working towards this. the overall economy.”
Under the Electric Vehicle Policy launched in September 2022, the UT government will cease registration of non-electric two- and three-wheelers from FY2024-25 (April 2024). UT stopped registering non-electric two-wheelers for the current fiscal year from Feb 10, after reaching the 65% level of gasoline-powered two-wheeler registrations last year.
The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) has applied to the High Court to have the policy lifted. The UT government was notified by a panel of judges headed by Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha on Thursday.
First published date: Feb 20, 2023 at 09:48 AM CST