The number of electric two-wheelers is increasing on the roads of India. As more people become aware of this new technology and its benefits in terms of cost savings, easy maintenance, and no air pollution, the number will go even higher. The Government of India (GoI) is also encouraging the adoption of electric scooters and e-bike through various schemes.
If you already own or if you are planning to purchase a Birla e-bike or electric scooter, then it is important to know the RTO rules and regulations regarding electric scooters in India.
This blog will serve as a comprehensive guide for you to understand the various regulations.
1. Driving License
Just like a normal two-wheeler, e-bikes and electric scooters also require a driving license. It is illegal to drive a e-bike or electric scooter without a driving license. In case you meet with an accident without a valid driving license the insurance company will not compensate you for the damages. Only electric two-wheelers with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and power less than 250W do not require a driving license.
2. Minimum Age Requirement
People aged 18 years and above can legally drive electric two wheelers. The minimum age for driving any two-wheeler In India is 18 years, as decided by the government. Only electric two-wheelers with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and power less than 250W can be driven by people in the age bracket of 16-18 years as these are gearless.
3. Insurance Requirement
A proper insurance policy is a must for your Birla e-bike and electric scooters. An insurance policy will help you in case of any damages caused by an accident. In case of theft, a comprehensive insurance policy can compensate the owner for the loss of the vehicle. It is recommended to insure your Birla e-bike and electric scooters and always carry a valid driving license for claiming the insurance.
4. Number Plate Requirement
From 1st April 2019 onwards, it has been made mandatory for all registered vehicles to have a High-Security Registration Plate (HSRP), as per the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. It is applicable to electric vehicles as well. Private electric vehicles are assigned a green background number plate with white letters. Electric two-wheelers with power less than 250W and a maximum speed of 25 km/h do not require RTO registration or HSRP.
5. Helmet Requirement
Wearing a helmet is mandatory while driving an electric two-wheeler. It is recommended to always wear a helmet while driving a Birla e-bike or electric scooter for your own safety.
6. Electric two-wheeler registration and road tax
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a notification exempting electric vehicles from registration charges (fresh as well as renewals) and road tax. To encourage the adoption of electric vehicles many state governments have waived the registration fee. For road tax exemption, it is recommended to check for your particular state.
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