By: Kaunain Sheriff M
The three municipal corporations of Delhi are trying to work out policies for registering e-rickshaws and issuing identity cards to e-rickshaw drivers after Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday announced a slew of measures legalising e-rickshaw operations in Delhi.
Under the new policy, Deen Dayal e-rickshaw scheme, e-rickshaw owners no longer need to go to the state or central government for registering their vehicles. This will now be carried out by the municipal corporations on payment of Rs 100.
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“Municipal corporations will issue identity cards for e-rickshaw drivers and will formulate state policies along with police. They will also decide on the number of e-rickshaws which should be allowed to ply. Four people can travel in an e-rickshaw at a time and 25-50 kg of luggage can be transported on them,’’ Gadkari had announced on Tuesday.
According to South Municipal Corporation officials, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a directive that the draft policy shall include issues related to passenger safety and traffic violations.
“The draft policy will also include a colour-code of e-rickshaws of different municipal zones and mandatory display of cellphone numbers of the driver,’’ an official said.
As far as issuance of identity cards to e-rickshaw owners are concerned, the directive states that the same will be issued to a driver only after he gives a declaration that he will not violate traffic rules.
The South corporation Standing Committee will also hold a meeting with members of different e-rickshaw unions before submitting the final recommendations, the official said.
Meanwhile, North Delhi Municipal Corporation passed a resolution in its Standing Committee meeting to come up with a policy for registration and licensing of e-rickshaws within one week. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation is scheduled to hold its Standing Committee meeting on Thursday to discuss the e-rickshaw policy, Standing Committee chairman B B Tyagi said.
As e-rickshaws no longer come under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, Gadkari had said municipal corporations along with police needed to come up with a policy to regulate e-rickshaws.
“Municipal corporations also register cycle-rickshaws in the city. Since e-rickshaws will not require driving licences and public service badges as they are not governed by the Motor Vehicles Act, both their driving skills and their backgrounds will be under the scanner,’’ a source said.