Kejriwal government to review e-rickshaw restrictions
The Delhi government will review its order that restricted the movement of e-rickshaws along 236 roads in the Capital.delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2015 00:38 IST
The Delhi government will review its order that restricted the movement of e-rickshaws along 236 roads in the Capital.
The transport department also decided to accept affidavits from those e-rickshaw drivers who do not have a date of birth certificate to prove their age while applying for driver’s licence.
Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said that transport department officials have been asked to submit a report on roads where e-rickshaws were banned by the lieutenant governor’s order in December last year.
“We will review the ban,” Rai told reporters on Friday. Rai also said e-rickshaws have evolved as an option for last-mile connectivity between metro stations, bus terminals and residential pockets.
There are 77 stretches in New Delhi, 19 in central Delhi, 38 in south Delhi, 23 in southeast Delhi, 12 in north Delhi, 15 in northwest Delhi, 11 in northeast Delhi, 21 in southwest Delhi and nine each in west Delhi and east Delhi where the movement of battery-operated rickshaws has been restricted.
Announcing special camps for e-rickshaw drivers to apply for learner’s licence at 13 regional transport offices in Delhi between February 23 and 28, Rai said applicants have been allowed to submit affidavits as age proof.
Uneducated applicants have been exempted from the computerised test and can verbally answer the questions asked by the motor vehicle inspector.
The applicants will also be allowed to apply for a public service vehicle badge along with the learner’s licence.
“Because of lack of awareness about the new policy on e-rickshaws, only 500-600 e-rickshaw drivers have applied for licence so far. We are trying to create awareness among them through various mediums,” Rai said.
E-rickshaw associations will impart training to the drivers before applying for a permanent licence.
“Drivers will have to modify their vehicles to make them safer. We are looking into the issue and will talk to the Central government if need be,” Rai said.