After sending show cause notices to electric scooter manufacturers for fire incidents in electric scooters, the central government is now reportedly planning to impose fines for using unsafe battery packs in those vehicles.
Mint’s Report It is said that the Government of India is planning to impose penalty on those electric two-wheeler manufacturers whose electric scooters caught fire in the recent past. However, the report also states that the government does not plan to take any serious action against these companies, as the electric vehicle (EV) industry is still in its nascent stage, but the government believes that the penalty will “reduce the quality Will act as a deterrent to companies getting compromised.”
Recently Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had given a statement that his ministry has issued show cause notices to the CEOs and MDs of e-scooter companies involved in fire incidents, to explain the reasons. He had said at that time that further action would be taken after receiving the response from the companies. The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) had also issued notices to four to five EV manufacturers asking them to explain the reason behind their vehicles catching fire and why no action should be taken against them.
The notice was sent following complaints of several incidents of e-scooters manufactured by Ola Electric, Pure EV, Okinawa Autotech, Jitendra EV and Boom Motors catching fire.