|Electric motorcycles are widely used in big cities. Electric motorcycles owners are exempted from paying the fee if they apply for registrations at police stations and receive the number plates before June 30 next year. — Photo vnexpress.net
HA NOI (VNS) — Electric motorcycle owners are exempt from paying a fee if they register for number plates at police stations before June 30 next year, said a dispatch from the prime minister.
According to the dispatch which was just issued, the Public Security Ministry would be the responsible ministry to ensure the registration process, while the Ministry of Finance would ensure exemption and reduction of the registration fee for electric motorcycles.
The Ministry of Information and Communication is in charge of directing media agencies to disseminate the new regulations for citizens and businesses.
In early 2015, the Traffic Police Department under the Public Security Ministry proposed to continue the registration process free of charge until the end of this year.
According to the department, at present, most of electric motorcycles being used are smuggled from China without any tax being paid, the e-newspaper Vnexpress reported.
Owners of battery-powered motorcycles are unable to submit the necessary documents of origin, receipts and the registration fee when they are asked to get their vehicles registered for issuance of number plates by the police.
Electric bikes and motorcycles are increasingly popular nationwide, especially in big cities. Figures from the National Steering Committee of Traffic Safety reveal that 70 per cent of electric vehicles across the country are motorcycles.
From July 1, 2015, all electric motorcycles must be registered with number plates. People caught using such unregistered two-wheelers will be fined between VND300,000 and VND400,000 (US$13 to $17).
People must also wear helmets when riding electric motorcycles, which must not exceed speeds of 50km per hour and electric engine of 4kW. — VNS