New Delhi : Commenting on the regulations of electric vehicles, the Delhi High Court on Thursday said that the provisions of the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act and the Central Motor Vehicle (CMV) Rules-1989 are already applicable to all types of vehicles. After this the court rejected a petition filed. In the PIL, a demand was made to give instructions to make mandatory law for electric scooters and motorcycles among two-wheelers. The petition sought directions to issue appropriate guidelines till appropriate legislation is made to ensure standardized manufacturing of reliable and long-lasting batteries.
No need to give separate instructions for electric vehicles
A bench of Justices Satish Chander Sharma and Sanjeev Narula, in its judgment on Thursday, said that the relevant provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules-1989 are already applicable to electric vehicles. The court said that the mandatory insurance cover specifically pertains to wearing of headgear on two-wheelers and penal provisions for non-compliance of the provisions. The bench said that the court is of the opinion that there is no need to give any separate order or instructions for electric vehicles. An order has already been passed in this regard.
The Government of India has already set standards for batteries.
The court further said in its remarks that the Government of India has already set standards for manufacturers for batteries used in battery-powered vehicles. Therefore, there is no need for the court to give any order or instruction twice. The court said that the Delhi government has to decide whether the subsidy given by it on electric vehicles registered in its jurisdiction is being distributed as per the scheme or not.
Under which rule is action taken against not wearing helmet?
Senior advocate Gurdas Khurana, appearing for the central government in the court, opposed the petition. He told the court that electric vehicles have already been accepted under the Motor Vehicles Act along with the Central Motor Vehicles Rules-1989. He said that insurance coverage has been made mandatory under Section 146 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Apart from this, under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, wearing a helmet while riding a two-wheeler in a public place has been made mandatory. He further said that under Section 194 and 196 of the Motor Vehicles Act, there is a provision to take punitive action for not wearing a helmet in violation of insurance rules.
What was the demand made in the petition
A report by news agency ANI said that in the petition filed by Rajat Kapoor in the Delhi High Court, he had said that due to lack of rules related to insurance, the roads will be overcrowded with fast moving vehicles. He had said that due to this the problems will increase considerably in the coming days. In the petition, he had demanded the court to issue instructions regarding the issue of third party insurance. Apart from this, he had said in his petition that if an electric vehicle has a maximum speed of up to 25 kilometers per hour and a power of up to 250 watts, then no license is required to drive the two-wheeler. However, there should be provision for insurance coverage to cover third party risks.
Electric vehicle market is expanding in India
Let us tell you that the demand for electric vehicles in India is gradually gaining momentum. The government is also promoting the manufacturing and sale of electric vehicles as a green alternative to vehicles running on petrol and diesel fuel. For this, subsidy is given by the Central Government to the companies manufacturing and selling electric vehicles under the PLI (Production Linked Incentive) scheme. Due to this step of the government, there are high chances of the prices of electric vehicles in India coming down in the coming days. It has been said in the petition that the market for electric vehicles is expanding in India. In such a situation, potential buyers may be worried about where to get the insurance of electric vehicles.