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Sixteen? Now You Can Get a License to Ride E-Scooters in India

December 12 2018

Teenagers between 16-18 to get valid driving license to drive e-scooters in India

The Road and Transport Ministry of India decided to amend the motor vehicle rules in order to provide a valid driving license to youths between 16 to 18 years of age to drive e-scooters in India at a maximum speed of 70 km per hour. The government also notified that vehicle registration would be mandatory for these electric scooters and they will have a green number plate.

Under the current regulations, people between the age of 16 to 18 can obtain a license for driving two-wheelers with an engine capacity of less than 50 cc. However, while the legislation exists, no such vehicle is being manufactured in the country.

But now, with the government bringing all electric vehicles with motor power up to 4 kWh under the preview of law, teenagers between the age of 16 to 18 years can ride them on roads with a valid driving license. The move will also boost the sale of electric scooters, adhering to the government’s initiative to increase electric mobility in the country.

However, each applicant for the license to drive ‘light 2-wheeled power vehicle’ will have to be aware of the traffic laws, road signs and signals, apart from the general road safety regulations. He or she will have to undergo a requisite test as per the law to obtain the driving licence.

Aside from this, the government is also trying to build an ecosystem for electric vehicles. This includes the approval of distinctive green number plates for all electric vehicles with white fonts for private cars and yellow fonts for taxis. This will allow the electric vehicles to be easily identified for preferential treatment and proposed benefits.

*Source:The Times of India

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