The Government of India is giving a strong boost to electric vehicles. Several electric cars are also becoming popular in the market these days. For this, the government has started subsidy schemes like FAME-1 and FAME-2. With this scheme, people can buy electric vehicles at a subsidized rate. The government believes that the level of pollution can be reduced by electric vehicles. This is the reason why the Indian government ended the requirement of a mandatory pollution certificate for EVs. Simply put, customers having an EV need not get a PUC certificate. However, the government employees are sabotaging the government’s plan.
Kerala Police Charged PUC Challan For EV
There is no Pollution Under Control Certificate requirement for an electric vehicle. It’s because they don’t release fumes. However, in a strange incident, the Kerala Police fined the owner of an electric vehicle Rs. 250. They accused it of failing to produce PUCC when the official asked for it. On September 6, the incident took place in Neelanchery, Malappuram, Kerala. It was according to Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 Section 213 (5)(e).
The two-wheeler electric vehicle is an Ather 450X, as per reports. The image of the challan receipt is going viral online. The Kerala Police department explained after people started criticizing them. According to the justification, the owner was charged the fine since he was unable to present his driver’s license. However, the on-duty officer typed the incorrect offense in the challan receipt due to a typing error.
Anand Mahindra’s Tweet On This Matter
And you thought the biggest challenge to going electric was charging infrastructure? 🙄https://t.co/o6992kvXck
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 11, 2022
Anand Mahindra, the Mahindra Group’s CEO, is rather active on social media. He has reacted to this issue and has a sizable fan base. He mocks the incident in a funny and satirical way. “And you thought the biggest challenge to going electric was charging infrastructure,” he asked in his tweet. On Mahindra’s tweet, several people started leaving comments. One Twitter user commented that it makes him think of a time when he was issued a traffic fine for not using his seatbelt. He was, however, riding his motorcycle.
Another person commented that engineers could handle technical issues. However, there is no remedy for bureaucratic issues. Mohandas Pai, a former Infosys director and the current chairman of Manipal Global Education TV, also shared his thoughts on the issue. He requested Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop this “harassment.”
A vehicle receives a PUC certificate after inspecting its exhaust and checking the level of hazardous emissions. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, fall into the zero-emission category. It is so because a battery, rather than a fuel like petrol, diesel, or gas, is the source of power.