The registration of non-electric vehicles in the city of Chandigarh is expected to be closed from mid-October to mid-November. This decision comes as the city approaches its earmarked quota of 75% registrations for electric vehicles (EV) according to the Electric Vehicle Policy of the UT administration.
In the fiscal year 2021-2022, a total of 20,619 four-wheelers and 16,101 two-wheelers were registered. The administration had set this year as the base year to determine the capping on non-electric vehicle registrations. For the financial year 2023-2024, the number of non-EV four-wheelers that can be registered is capped at 15,465. Currently, 11,833 four-wheelers have been registered, leaving only 3,632 slots available for registration. Officials estimate that these slots will be filled by mid-November.
Similarly, out of the earmarked 12,076 two-wheelers, 10,112 have already been registered. The remaining 1,964 motorcycles and scooters are expected to be registered by mid-October. This means that no non-electric vehicles will be registered for over four months in Chandigarh.
This development has left automobile dealers concerned about the impact on their businesses. With the closure of non-electric vehicle registration, they fear a significant decline in sales. Customers who were planning to buy petrol or diesel vehicles during the festive season may now have to reconsider their decision or travel outside the city to make the purchase.
It is clear that the UT administration is making efforts to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in Chandigarh. By enforcing the quota system and limiting registrations for non-electric vehicles, they are encouraging residents to opt for more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation.
– Electric Vehicle Policy of the UT administration in Chandigarh.