Nitin Gadkari Says Petrol cars will be banned

2024-04-02 by drive360

The Union Minister of Roads and Transport, Nitin Gadkari, continues to advocate for alternative fuel options in India, aiming to reduce the nation's reliance on petrol and diesel vehicles. In a recent interview with PTI, Gadkari reiterated his vision to phase out all petrol and diesel cars from the country's roads. While he couldn't provide a specific timeline for this ambitious transition, Gadkari emphasized its feasibility, citing the growing acceptance of alternative fuels among consumers.

Gadkari highlighted the efforts of prominent Indian companies such as Bajaj, TVS, and Hero, who are venturing into manufacturing motorcycles with flex fuels. Additionally, he mentioned the strides made by Tata and Ashok Leyland in introducing hydrogen-powered cars, along with the increasing adoption of LNG/CNG trucks. These developments signify a significant shift towards cleaner and more sustainable transportation options in the country.

Last month, Gadkari proposed tax cuts on hybrid cars to encourage their adoption and growth in the market. He criticized the current tax rate of 43% (comprising 28% GST and cess) on hybrids as unjust, considering their environmental benefits compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Gadkari urged the finance minister to address this issue at the upcoming GST council meeting, advocating for a reduction in GST to 12% to make hybrid cars more accessible and affordable to consumers.

Gadkari's initiatives reflect the government's commitment to promoting eco-friendly transportation solutions and reducing carbon emissions. By incentivizing the adoption of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, India aims to pave the way for a cleaner and greener future in its automotive sector.

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