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Bill to resolve e-rickshaw issues in current session of Parliament

A Bill to solve issues like commercial licences for e-rickshaw drivers will be introduced in the current session of Parliament, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said.



New Delhi: A Bill to solve issues like commercial licences for e-rickshaw drivers will be introduced in the current session of Parliament, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said.

The Delhi High Court on July 31 banned plying of e-rickshaws on national capital roads on safety concerns, following which the government last month had notified rules for making driving licence mandatory for plying these battery operated vehicles.

"We are ready with a Bill to solve issues like commercial licensing for e-rickshaw drivers...The Bill will be introduced in the current session and it would be our effort to get it passed. The draft has been sent to the Law Ministry for vetting after which a Cabinet note would be moved," Gadkari said on the sidelines of the launch of India-Nepal bus service here.

He said government was serious that the battery-operated vehicles start plying on Delhi roads.

The government last month had notified the Central Motor Vehicles (Sixteenth Amendment) Rules, 2014, which paved way for plying of "special purpose battery operated vehicles".

As per information, the Bill seeks to relax the norms for issuing 'learners licence' for e-rickshaw drivers.

The Motor Vehicles Act provides that no person shall be granted a learner's licence to drive a transport vehicle (commercial vehicle) unless he has held a driving licence to for light motor vehicle for at least one year.

E-rickshaw has been brought under the MV Act as a commercial vehicle.

As per the last month's notification, e-rickshaw will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kg luggage while e-carts would transport goods up to 310 kg.

The rules define e-rickshaw as a special purpose battery operated vehicle 'having three wheels and intended to provide last mile connectivity for transport of passengers for hire or reward'.

These vehicles are constructed or adapted to carry not more than four passengers, excluding the driver and the net power of its motor is not more than 2000 Watts and the maximum speed of the vehicle is not more than 25 kilometre per hour. 

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