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Central Govt files affidavit to bring e-rickshaws under Motor Vehicle Act

Petition says ban will affect the livelihood of thousands of drivers. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra) As per the draft guidelines, the routes on which the rickshaws will ply will be finalised by municipal corporations/ DM/ police/ transport officer.
Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Posted: August 8, 2014 12:31 pm | Updated: August 8, 2014 1:36 pm

Days after being rapped by the Delhi high court for allowing ‘illegal’ e-Rickshaws to ply, the Central govt on Friday filed an affidavit in High Court stating that e-rickshaws will be brought under Motor Vehicles Act.

The govt in its plea has sought two months time to finalise the guidelines, and has requested the court to revoke its ban on the operation of e-rickshaws in the city.

The hearing in the case is expected to come up in the afternoon. It remains to be seen whether the court of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, who had earlier this week said that the stay would continue till a ‘proper policy’ was in place, will accept the Government’s submissions.

According to the affidavit, the e-rickshaws will be brought under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, and in case of any accidents with e-rickshaws,the compensation will be as per MV act.

A speed limit of maximum 25 km per hour and maximum carrying capacity of 4 person and 50 kg of cargo will be prescribed as per the draft guidelines.

Registration will be given for three wheeled vehicle with the motor power less than aprox 650 to 1000 watts, to operate within a municipal area or gram panchayat by state govt.

Only drivers who have valid license will be allowed to register, and registration will have to be renewed every three years.

The routes on which the rickshaws will ply will be finalised by municipal corporations/ DM/ police/ transport officers.

The hearing in the case will be held after lunch.

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