It is still a choice to buy a car: PM
The government initiatives for the use of electric vehicles to preserve our pristine environment, our people are concerning about the utility vehicle and many people have been coming up with different views on the social media as well to the Office of the Prime Minister as the product testing ground.
In response to this, during the Meet-the-Press session last Friday, Lyonchhen said that as a matter of policy we don’t name any vehicles, for utility vehicles there is some more favorable tax structure than other vehicles and all vehicles that fall into utility category would be Mahindra (Bolero), TATA (Xenon) and there are few more that fall into the category of utility vehicles.
He further said that the idea is not to benefit businesses but to benefit farmers. Lyonchhen said that he believes in electric vehicles and foresees as a mode of transport in future. He said that he is not alone to believe but experts from world also share this believe.
Lyonchhen said that “the Office of the Prime Minister is the product testing ground to be is wrong. Because all the vehicles that have come into Bhutan don’t need to do any more testing since they have been tested sufficiently and they have not been sent to Bhutan to test”.
Lyonchhen said that we have a wonderful opportunity to use cheap, renewable resources that we are producing ourselves that is electricity to replace the fossil fuel which is important, but it is very dirty and expensive.
He further said that fossil fuel although it is important, but it’s pollutes to our environment, expensive and it is non-sustainable. On the other hand we have electricity which is produced domestically, environmentally friendly, and cheap and it is renewable. Therefore if we can release fossil fuels with electric cars its worth of saving and our country will benefit, not in terms of just rupee balance, debt but in achieving overall goal of economic self-reliance.
Lyonchhen said that for many of us this would be a new concept but government has not forced to any one, for instance to the private sector or to the government to drive electric vehicles. He further said that it is still a choice. He said that government has continued the policy of previous government to make it convenient to buy and drive electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, the utility vehicle which are not exceeding Nu 0.8 million, only the farmers, rural business, and the farmer’s cooperative groups are eligible for it and the taxes imposed for that vehicles are 15 percent, which includes 5 percent of green tax.