The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has denied reports of the government asking electric two-wheeler manufacturers not to launch new vehicles till the recent spate of incidents of fire in electric scooters are investigated. According to several media reports, this was communicated to manufacturers at a meeting called by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to discuss the rising number of incidents of fire in electric two-wheelers. All electric vehicle manufacturers have been asked to voluntarily recall an entire batch of vehicles if one from that batch was involved in a fire incident. Now, the government has clarified on social media that the ministry has not given any such instruction.
Following up on the issue, MoRTH has refuted the claim, saying no such order was issued. The statement read:
“A section of media has reported that MoRTH has asked electric two-wheeler manufacturers not to launch new vehicles till instances of fire are investigated. The Ministry wishes to clarify that there is no such instruction and such reports are unfounded, misleading and far from the truth.”