With a view to promote zero-emission vehicles and thereby to reduce pollution, the Goa government has decided to exempt electronic vehicles from the levy of Road Tax.
The exemption Notification was issued by the directorate of transport under sub-section (2) of Section 11 of the Goa, Daman and Diu Motor Vehicles Tax Act 1974, and will come into effect from the date of its publication in the official gazette.
A notification signed on Friday states, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 11 of Goa, Daman and Diu Motor Vehicles Tax Act, 1974 (Act 8 of 1974), the government of Goa exempts electric operated vehicles (EOVs) from the payment of tax. The notification shall come into force from the date of its publication in the official gazette.”
As of now, only a few States have exempted the e-vehicles from taxation.
Last month, the auto industry body, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) had suggested reduction of GST on electric automobiles to 5%, besides one-time I-T deduction of 30% of vehicle price for non-financed buyers. SIAM had also sought exemption of road tax for EVs to promote in India.