Green Registration Plates for Electric Vehicles

The Union Road Transport and Highways ministry has recommended green registration plates for electric vehicles (EVs) to identify them for preferential treatment, such as special parking or discounted tolls.

According to the proposal, the registration plates of private electric vehicles will have a green background with numbers and letters in white, and commercial electric vehicles will have a green background with numbers and letters in yellow.

Federal think-tank Niti Aayog, which is framing the draft policy for EVs, had recommended green registration plates for such vehicles. It has also constituted a team comprising seven ministries such as power, road and heavy industries to frame guidelines to promote such vehicles.

India currently has four number plates: white background with black numbers and letters for personal vehicles; yellow background with black letters for commercial vehicles; black background with yellow lettering for self-driven rental vehicles; and blue background with white lettering for vehicles belonging to embassies and high commissions.

In addition, military vehicles follow a different system for registration numbers issues by the defence ministry, and vehicles of the President and governors carry red number plates with just the national emblem.

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