Muscat – In its efforts to raise awareness on sustainable transport, the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) started an initiative on Wednesday.
An official at MTCIT said, “The EV Awareness Initiative will go to multiple parties, both the public and private sector, with our message to be with us and accompany us on this journey.”
He informed that earlier this year, the ministry installed 90 charging stations across the sultanate in an effort to encourage adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and reduce carbon emissions.
MTCIT has also issued a ministerial decision mandating all fuel stations to provide charging points for EVs. The decision stipulates that owners of fuel stations are obligated to provide an electric charging point for vehicles in accordance with the requirements and controls issued by the Authority for Public Services Regulation.
The decision also stipulates penalties for those violating the provisions of these regulations, ranging from a written warning on first violation to an administrative fine of RO1,000 in the event of a repeat violation.
The ministry has stated that there are 100 EV charging stations across the sultanate and that it is working on increasing the number to 300 in the next two years.
“Our aim is to offer a range of sustainable transportation solutions and contribute to the development of EV infrastructure in Oman, aligning with the national programme to achieve zero carbon neutrality by 2050,” the MTCIT official said.