The Hon’ble Yab Dasho Dondup Gyaltshen, launched the green number plates for Electric Vehicle (EV) in the country to promote our own noble goal of maintaining carbon negative. Other dignitaries including Dasho Thinley Norbu, Hon’ble Secreatry, MoIC, Hon’ble Secretary, NEC, and Hon’ble Resident Representative, UNDP, also graced the occasion.
Press Release:Facilitating low-carbon transition in the Bhutan’s urban transport sector to promote wider uptake of low emission vehicles, in particular electric vehicle (EV), has been a priority of the government with the goal of promoting sustainable transport, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependence, and improve local air quality. The UNDP-GEF assisted Project titled “Bhutan Sustainable Low Emission Urban Transport Systems” is one of such programs that targets in replacing 300 fossil fueled taxis with EV by mid of 2021. In line with the priority of the government, several incentives, both in terms of financial and non-financial incentives has been initiated to enable a conducive environment to promote the wider uptake of EV.
Despite current initiatives, it is undeniable that the current electric car market uptake is largely influenced by the policy support that increase the value proposition of driving electric cars. Therefore, the introduction of distinctive number plates for EV cars will be an important incentive to the general public in the long term. Such incentives will facilitate in easy identification for EV, and allow other preferential treatment EV cars will be granted in the future (Eg. free parking, free entry in congested zones, and other proposed benefits in the pipeline). Therefore, distinctive number plates in following manner has been launched:
• Yellow font with green background for government Vehicle.
• White font with green background for Private Vehicle.
• Black font with green background for Taxi fleet.