Current Affairs - July 2019

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Centre plans to combat vehicle theft with Microdot Patches

Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has issued a Draft Notification GSR 521(E) that seeks to amend Central Motor Vehicle Rules and allows motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies to be affixed with Microdot Patches. MoRTH has sought comments/objections on draft notification within 30 days.

Also, microdots have to comply with AIS (Automotive Industry Standard) 155 requirements if affixed.

What are Microdot Patches?

They are based on Microdot technology which involves spraying body and parts of vehicle or any other machine with microscopic dots, which give a unique identification.

Microdots and adhesive will become permanent fixtures/affixation which cannot be removed without damaging asset that is vehicle itself.

These nearly invisible microdots are permanent and can only be read physically with a microscope and identified with ultra violet (UV) light source.

Application: Use of this technology will help check theft of vehicles and also use of fake spare parts.

 

5,645 electric buses sanctioned for 65 cities: NITI Aayog

According to NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog an Inter-Ministerial Panel has sanctioned 5645 electric buses for operations in 65 cities and for inter-city operations to 8 state transport undertakings. The announcement in this regard was made by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. The move will give huge impetus to automobile sector, clean up cities & drive Make in India intiative.

Niti Aayog has also proposed that all two-wheelers below capacity of 150cc sold in country after March 31, 2025, should be electric only while three-wheelers sold in country after March 31, 2023 should be electric ones.

Steps taken by Centre to popularise Environment-Friendly Electric Vehicles

Tax Rebate: GST Council decided to cut tax rates on e-vehicles from 12% to 5% with effect from 1 August 2019.

In Union Budget 2019-20, Central government proposed additional income tax deduction of Rs.1.5 lakh on Interest paid on loans taken to purchase electric vehicles. Also, certain parts of EVs have been exempted from customs duty to further incentivise e-mobility in India.

FAME II: Centre has also approved Rs.10,000 crore under Phase II of FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles) scheme, which aims to encourage faster adoption of such vehicles by right incentives and charging infrastructure.

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