Commercial vehicles using non-fossil fuels to be exempt from permit requirements

All commercial vehicles that are powered by non-fossil fuels, including ethanol and CNG as well as electric power, will be exempted from the permit requirements, transport minister Nitin Gadkari said at a function on Thursday.

Gadkari said the government is working on ways to achieve its electric mobility target without measures to incentivise stakeholders. He said a flat GST rate of 12 per cent will be applied on electric vehicles (EVs) and no additional subsidies will be required for the same.
India aims to take the share of electric vehicles in the country to at least 15 per cent of all vehicles sales in five years, as the country tries to limit dependence on fossil fuels and curb greenhouse gas emissions, transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.
Gadkari mentioned that the government is working to make driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, brake assist and lane keep assist as a mandatory feature in passenger and commercial vehicles by 2022.
India will make it mandatory for auto makers to incorporate feature like Adaptive Cruise Control and Auto Braking System in all new vehicles, in addition to airbags, seatbelts, reverse sensors, speed reminders and other safety features, by 2022, he said. 
Transition towards a mobility that is shared, connected and zero emission will happen together, transport minister Nitin Gadkari made the special announcements related to passenger and commercial vehicles at a SIAM event held on Thursday.
He also added that from July 2019, all cars will have airbags, seatbelts, reverse sensors, speed reminders and other safety features. Transition towards a mobility that is shared, connected and zero emission will happen together. The Government, industry and relevant stakeholders need to work in sync to achieve this, says Dr. Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman, NITI Aayog at the SIAMAC18.