Date: 15 Feb 2006
Approach Paper on Energy Security
2. Making every drop of oil count
What is indeed in the government’s “control” is to take suitable policy measuresto crackdown on rampant fuel adulteration in the country and to bridge significantgaps between the rated fuel efficiency of vehicle fleet in the country and their fuelefficiency in operation. It also needs to create favorable environmentand incentives to minimize wastage of fuel as well as road space tofloating empty seats or empty load in vehicles. This paper proposes followingpolicy initiatives that focus on fuel use in the transportation sector :
, every vehicle should have a legitimate and readable license number plateand should be issued a tamper-proof tag that stores key vehicle relatedinformation. Vehicles must carry this tag for identification and should present itfor purchase of fuel as well as for inspection.
, similar to the way government requires households to disclose theirelectricity consumption through household electricity meters and similarly, forwater or telecom services, vehicle owners should be stipulated to disclose roadusage through working, accurate odometers.
, based on parameters such as vehicle footprint, its weight and emissionlevel, every vehicle should be assigned a Vehicle Index that reflects their cost tothe wear and tear of road infrastructure, to traffic flow and to the environment.
, government should create a new category of registration of privatelyowned vehicles as “shared use vehicles (SUVs). These are operated by licensedfleet operators for high occupancy usage based on prescribed “terms andconditions”.
, public transport vehicles – bus, taxi as well as “shared use vehicles” shouldhave higher consumption level, for which no fuel surcharge is applicable than“general” category of privately owned vehicles. These vehicles should beprovided further incentives in form of reserved and concessional parking in publicplaces.
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