No two-stroke autos in city from April

No two-stroke autos in city from April

April 1 next year marks the end of the road for two-stroke autos. The transport department has banned them from operating on Bengaluru roads.

The objective is to curb pollution in Bengaluru, transport commissioner B Dayananda said.

The department is setting up 'scrap centres' to junk two-stroke autos, he told reporters on Tuesday.

Two government-approved centres have already come up in Nelamangala and Rajajinagar.

At least 100 autos can be scrapped every day. "Owners have to bear the cost," he explained.

About 25,000 autos with two-stroke engines ply on the city roads, he said.

"The state government will give a subsidy of Rs 30,000 to all vehicle owners as compensation.

About 10,000 auto owners can get this subsidy," he said.

A request made by auto unions to increase the subsidy from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 is pending before the finance department, he said.

No road tax for e-vehicles

The government has exempted all electric vehicles from road tax, Dayananda said.

Fool proof permits

Within a month, all autos will get e-permits. It is mandatory for every auto owner to get an e-permit.

Aadhaar numbers will be used for verification. The government is keen to curb misuse of permits, especially since many vehicles use the same permit.

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