To regulate the movement of e-rickshaws in the city, the transport commissioner of Uttar Pradesh has written to the traffic police to take action against unregistered e-rickshaws.
Commissioner K Ravindra Naik said though a permit is not necessary for an e-rickshaw, the driver should hold a valid driving licence and have proper insurance cover for the vehicle while plying on city roads. The decision has come with the aim to do away with congestion and chaos witnessed at various places in the city.
According to officials, in Noida, 200 e-rickshaws have registration and 950 ply without the transport department’s consent. Apart from the traffic police, the transport authority too has been asked to initiate action in this matter.
Assistant regional transport officer (administration) Rachna Yaduvanshi confirmed the order issued by the transport commissioner.
She said, “The e-rickshaw operators ply as per their will and cause traffic congestion. Moreover, their registration is necessary for the safety of passengers. Strict action will be taken by the traffic police against those who have not got their e-rickshaws registered.”
Yaduvanshi also said that there are complaints that the operators purchase e-rickshaws and rent them out to drivers without getting them registered with the transport authority.
According to the transport commissioner, to reduce congestion, the superintendent of police and/or the registering authority can restrict speed or prohibit the use of any class of motor vehicles in any area on any road.
The decision can be taken by both the authorities in their own capacity after a detailed review. However, in this regard, no decision has been taken by either authority.
Naik’s directives are applicable to all districts in the state. It has come up as a major breather for people who face congestion due to e-rickshaws.
President of Confederation of NCR Residents Welfare Association (CONRWA) PS Jain said, “Now we are hopeful the traffic police will take strict action. We had already written to them that routes of these e-rickshaws should be divided and there should be proper parking place for them. If action is taken, half of the traffic problems will vanish.”