The Delhi government on Sunday exempted the road tax on Battery Operated Vehicles under its Electric Vehicle Policy, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot informed. It was one of the promises made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who announced his government's new Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy in August. The Transport department, in it notification issued on Saturday, stated that the Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi exempted the tax levied upon all battery electric vehicles with immediate effect.
Announcing the exemption, Kailash Gehlot said Delhi will lead the country in rapid transition to electric vehicles. The minister tweeted: "Congrats Delhi! As promised by CM @ArvindKejriwal when announcing landmark EV Policy, Delhi govt has EXEMPTED road tax on Battery Operated Vehicles. With right incentives & supporting infra, we are determined to ensure Delhi leads the country in rapid transition to Elec Vehicles (sic)."
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, in August, announced financial incentives for buyers of electric vehicles for the next three years. Under the Electric Vehicle Policy, with the purchase of a two-wheeler, an e-rickshaw or freight vehicles, the Delhi government will give a benefit of up to Rs 30,000 and for a four-wheeler, a benefit of up to 1.5 lakh, Kejriwal said.
For those who want to purchase electric vehicles for commercial purposes, loans will be given from the Delhi government at very low-interest rates, and registration and road tax fees will be waived. These incentives are applicable for both battery strapping and fixed charging vehicles.