Electric motorbikes must now be registered

Update: May, 31/2014 - 10:03
Young people ride an electric motorbike in Ha Noi. A new regulation of the Ministry of Public Security now requires electric motorbikes to be registered with number plates. — Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Electric motorbikes will now have to be registered with number plates under a Ministry of Public Security regulation that will take effect tomorrow.

Under Circular 15/2014/TT-BCA, users will need to provide quality certificates and receipts when applying to register their electric motorbikes and to receive number plates.

The new rule does not apply to electric bicycles, which can be pedalled and have maximum speeds of 25km per hour.

Although, provincial and city people's committees are expected to develop their own detailed regulations for electric bicycles in future.

By contrast, electric motorbikes are more powerful and use 4kW electric engines, reaching up to 50km per hour.

The battery-powered motorbikes have become widely used, especially Ha Noi and HCM City.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, deputy director of the Road and Railway Transport Police Department, said that the problem had arisen from slack oversight by the Ministry of Public Security and other agencies when permitting the import and use of electric motorbikes in Viet Nam.

The rule also stipulates that anyone who purchases an electric motorbike but does not have quality certificates and receipts, either because they are lost or the vehicle has been resold multiple times, can get permission to register the motorbike from local authorities.

Tuan also said owners wanting to sell an electric motorbike were already required to report to the office that had granted the quality certificate, under a regulation from the Ministry of Public Security's Circular 36/TT-BCA issued in October 2010.

However, implementation of the 2010 regulation had stumbled due to a lack of awareness among residents and the lack of penalties for offenders.

People caught using unregistered electric motorbikes will be fined between VND300,000-400,000 (US$14-19). — VNS