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Vehicle registrations in Kerala to be soon limited to just 10 years. Soon conventional powered cars could get a registration for just 10 years maximum. The initiative has been set up in order to combat rising pollution in the state, as well as promote electric mobility solutions.
K R Jyothilal, Principal Secretary of Transport, Kerala Government, recently addressed the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board's (PNGRB) roadshow. During his address, Jyothilal stated that they plan to cap the registration life of conventional engine powered vehicles. However, electric cars will continue to get unlimited years of registration, to help promote the government's electric mobility initiative.
He further added that all fuel stations should mandatorily be fitted with electric charging points. Also, all conventional vehicles should switch over to either electric or other alternative fuels such as CNG, within the next five years.
However, currently, this initiative is still in its nascent stages and might be very different when it actually comes into action. Also, there is no news as to what will happen to the vehicles already registered in the state.
Also, no final decision has been made regarding this rule and is still an intention at this stage, allowing time for public opinions to be made.
The Indian government is also working towards electric mobility for the country. Many companies are also coming up with new initiatives to promote electric mobility in India. Currently, only Mahindra and Tata Motors offer electric vehicles in the form of the e-Verito and the Tigor, respectively.
However, other companies are also working on bringing electric vehicles. These include Nissan which has confirmed the launch of their electric Leaf hatchback for 2019.
Maruti Suzuki is also working on introducing their first electric car in the Indian market. The electric car will be based on the international-spec Wagon R, which has already been spotted undergoing tests in the country.
Thoughts On The Car Registration Initiative In Kerala
The Kerala government hopes that by limiting the number of years for registration of cars, it will indirectly push buyers to look at electric vehicles. However, with the plan still in its nascent stages, it remains to see whether this initiative is actually implemented. Also, if it is implemented in the state, then how it will affect the car sales in the state.
Source: The Hindu