Govt stops sale of e-rickshaws

With immediate effect; ban will be lifted after formulating policy for e-rickshaws.

Worried about the rising number of electric rickshaws or e-rickshaws on city roads, the Delhi transport department on Tuesday has banned further sale of 250 volt rickshaws.

With e-rickshaws not covered by any Act or policy, the transport department decided to stop their sale in the national capital till the formulation of a policy.

Speaking to Newsline on Tuesday, Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said the sale of e-rickshaws would cease with immediate effect.

"These e-rickshaws may be useful, but the vehicle is not covered under any legislation such as the Motor Vehicles Act. In fact, the transport department does not even know how many e-rickshaws are plying on the streets of the Capital," Goswami said.

He said the department was working on a policy for e-rickshaws, which would be completed soon.

The Transport Minister said the ban would affect the sale of e-rickshaws that operate on a battery of 250 volts or more.

"There are two types of e-rickshaws — those that use a battery of voltage less than 250 and those that operate on batteries above 250 volts. E-rickshaws using a battery less than 250 volts are small and present no immediate problems, but those above 250 volts are as big as an auto-rickshaw. Currently, there are about 1,500 such rickshaws on the streets," Goswami said.

"For now, all e-rickshaws are run by private operators and nothing is registered with the Delhi government. Even auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws in the city fall under specific regulations. They require licences and have to be registered," Goswami said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had recently advocated the need to bring e-rickshaws under a regulatory framework. "The rickshaws have been proving beneficial in connecting places within a short radius. It might prove to be the best connectivity between the Metro stations and nearby colonies. However, the rising number of e-rickshaws may create difficulties at a later stage," Dikshit said last week.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
comments powered by Disqus