Soon, 1,000 e-rickshaws to ply in Chandigarh
Initially, state transport authority will be issuing only 1,000 licences for these battery-operated vehicles.punjab Updated: Aug 02, 2017 16:13 IST
Chandigarh: With the aim to reduce air pollution and encourage eco-friendly modes of transport, the UT administration on Tuesday notified the e-rickshaw policy for the city. Initially, the state transport authority (STA) will be issuing only 1,000 licences for these battery-operated vehicles
“At present, the city witnesses traffic jams at peak hours of the day. The increasing number of vehicles are also leading to rise in pollution levels in the city,” said STA additional secretary Rajeev Tiwari. “In order to promote battery-operated vehicles in Chandigarh, the UT administration has decided to promote e-rickshaws. These will help reduce consumption of petrol and diesel.”
Not to operate on V-1, 2, 7 roads
The e-rickshaws, which are presently plying only at Panjab University, Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden, will be allowed to operate throughout the city, except, on V-1, V-2 and V-7 roads.
While V-1 roads are the stretches from Zirakpur to Tribune Chowk, Transport Chowk in Sector 26 to Sector 47 and Transport Chowk to Manimajra, V-2 roads are the national highways (Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg). Pedestrian paths and cycle tracks comprise V-7 roads.
- Intro: At present, around 300 e-rickshaws are operating at PU, Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden
- Speed limit: 25 km per hour
- Capacity: 4 passengers along with 40-kg load
- Fare: Yet to be fixed
- Number series: CH01TE
The UT administration has exempted the vehicles from value added tax (VAT) and road tax for registration. A separate registration number series — CH01TE — will be assigned to these vehicles. According to the policy, the model of e-rickshaw or e-cart to be registered in Chandigarh should have type-approval certificate from the designated testing agencies as prescribed by the Union ministry of road transport and highways.
The number of vehicles to be registered will be regulated by the STA so that the availability is not more than the actual demand.
‘Fare less than that of autos’
An official said the fare, which is still to be decided, will be lesser than that being charged by auto-rickshaws.
The penalty clauses for traffic offences as provided for transport vehicles in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, and Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990, will be applicable to these battery-operated vehicles. The vehicle must be equipped with a first aid box and fire extinguisher. The helpline number 1073 of traffic police will also be displayed on the vehicle.
The vehicle will bear a yellow reflective strip on its rear and along the sides. The owner will be required to dispose of the used batteries only through an authorized e-waste disposal agency. The name, address and telephone number of the permit holder will be painted on the left side of the vehicle and the driver will wear grey uniform.