With safety on their minds, the city residents have appealed to the district administration and the local police to allot temporary numbers to e-rickshaws plying in the city.
The residents said the temporary numbers will instil a sense of safety among people who ply the e-rickshaws until the transport department regularises them and issues registration numbers with route permits.
There are nearly 1,000 e-rickshaws plying in the city unregulated. These are besides those few hundred e-rickshaws that had been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 5.
Common complaints against e-rickshaws drivers range include rash driving but in the absence of registration numbers people cannot lodge complaints against them. “We have appealed to the police to put serial numbers like 1 to 999 in bold letters on the body of e-rickshaws that would act as a deterrent for errant drivers and help riders in lodging complaints,” said Pramod Verma of Sector 30. Verma had an argument with an e-rickshaw driver on Master Plan-2 Road, in front of the sector gate, last week when he applied the brakes suddenly.
“My colleague’s daughter also complained of misbehaviour by an e-rickshaw. She could not lodge a police complaint as the e-rickshaw bore no registration or serial number,” said Verma.
Acting as crucial vehicles providing last-mile connectivity, e-rickshaws ply mainly near Sectors 15, 18, 71, 62, 63, MP-2 Road, MP-3 Road and some other areas.
“The e-rickshaws have no headlights and yet ply freely after sundown. The e-rickshaw drivers fearlessly drive on the wrong side of the roads. I wish the traffic police regulate them by allotting them serial numbers,” said Ashok Hak, president of Residents Welfare Association of Sector 28.
The city transport department is likely to allow 1000 e-rickshaws to run on 12 routes in Noida. But the process of regularising the vehicles and ensuring that every driver has a driving licence and permit is moving at a snail’s pace.
“Why the transport department and the police have allowed unauthorized e-rickshaws? We are not against them because they are cheap and provide an easy commute to remote areas but we want accountability. In case accidents happen people cannot complain because e-rickshaws are unauthorized,” said Alok Vatsa of Sector 33.
Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP) traffic, said, “The idea of allotting serial numbers for e-rickshaws is welcome. We appreciate it and assure residents of executing it shortly.”
Misbehaving (including snatching) with women and elderly in three wheelers and e-rickshaws is prevalent in Noida which is why the Noida police has put serial numbers on all sharing and non-sharing three wheelers in the district.
“People do not remember registration numbers but they can easily remember serial numbers inscribed in bold letters on the body of the vehicles,” said the SP.