Maharashtra warns of strict measures against dealers and manufacturers of modified electric bikes
Maharashtra Minister Anil Parab on Thursday warned that strict action would be taken against dealers and e-bike manufacturers who sell two-wheelers after carrying out illegal modifications.
Speaking to reporters here, Parab said Maharashtra RTO officials have already checked over 2,000 vehicles and action has been taken against many of them.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had convened a meeting on the issue of e-bikes earlier in the day, during which it was decided that strict action would be taken against dealers and manufacturers of modified e-bikes, said he declared.
“No violation of the rule will be tolerated if you want to ride these (low-speed e-bikes),” Parab said.
E-bikes with a speed below 25 km/h that do not require registration run at a higher speed after making some changes.
Electric bikes do not require a permit, license and helmet. Low-speed e-bikes are generally considered a substitute for bicycles, but there have been several complaints that they run at high speeds, Parab said.
Dealers have been fined Rs 1 lakh for selling illegally modified electric vehicles, while manufacturers are fined Rs 100 crore for manufacturing such two-wheelers, he said.
If e-bikes are randomly parked on the roads, the police will tow those vehicles away and action will be taken against the owners for obstructing traffic, Parab added.
Meanwhile, a transport department official said Maharashtra has around 93,000 registered e-bikes among more than a lakh of electric vehicles.
RTO offices across the state have launched a campaign against rule-breaking e-bikes.
According to RTO sources, they have so far checked over 2,200 e-bikes during the ride, of which over 600 bikes were found to be in breach of the rule.