Green vehicles in Karnataka do not require a permit.

The transportation department issued a notification on Friday declaring that transport vehicles powered by batteries, Ethanol or methanol will be exempt from requiring licenses. For the transportation of individuals and goods, However, A department-fixed fare will apply.

In October 2018, The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a notification exempting EVs and biofuel vehicles from the need for licenses. However, Karnataka is only now implementing this.

Permits are currently required for commercial vehicles such as contract and stage carriage buses, Cargo carriers and cabs. The decision to end the permit era for environmentally friendly vehicles is expected to encourage more fleet owners to include such vehicles in their fleets. This is also expected to prevent corruption in permit issuance.

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