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Delhi government proposes 25 per cent of new cab registrations be electric

FILE PHOTO: Vehicles are seen shrouded in smog on a highway in New Delhi, India, November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo/File Photo

According to a draught note from the transport department, the Delhi city state government has proposed mandating that a quarter of new cab registrations be electric vehicles.

The news: The proposal would require apps that provide transportation or delivery services, such as Ola and Uber, as well as food delivery apps Swiggy and Zomato, to register with the Delhi government as soon as the law goes into effect.

  • The Delhi government has requested feedback on the draught, which also proposes mandating that half of all new two and three wheelers used for ride sharing and deliveries be electric within a year of registration.

What they’re saying: According to a report by India’s federal Earth sciences ministry, the transportation sector is the most polluter in and around New Delhi, the most polluted city in the world, followed by industries and utilities.

  • According to the report, cabs have emerged as a major polluter in Delhi, with each cab operated by ride hailing companies such as Ola and Uber travelling nearly 145,000 km (90,000 miles) per year on average.

What will happen: If approved, the draught could provide relief to Delhi’s citizens as well as the public health system’s finances, which, according to environmental experts, incurs millions of dollars in healthcare costs each year due to pollution.

  • The move may also reduce demand for fossil fuels in and around the region, which is a major consumer of gasoline, natural gas, and diesel.

The draught also proposed penalising companies that fail to meet electric vehicle transition targets.

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