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Only registered owners can operate e-rickshaws, says RTO

Action will be taken against the owners if the vehicles are rented out.

dehradun Updated: Aug 08, 2018 22:07 IST
Nitika Kakkar
Nitika Kakkar
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Uttarakhand news
While the RTO is attempting to regulate the vehicles, the fare and route of the vehicles cannot be fixed.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Cracking the whip on e-rickshaw owners for overloading and renting out the vehicles, the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Dehradun, has said that the battery-operated vehicles should only be operated by registered owners.

The RTO also made it clear that the vehicles cannot be rented out. “We have taken the step to ensure people’s safety. We have started a drive to check e-rickshaws. If any of these vehicles are found to be overloaded or if any of the vehicle is being driven by someone else other than the registered owner, we will take action against them,” assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) Arvind Kumar Pandey said.

While the RTO is attempting to regulate the vehicles, the fare and route of the vehicles cannot be fixed. “Fare and routes can only be fixed for those vehicles which are required to have a permit. After the Centre declared that e-rickshaws do not need permits, these factors cannot be applied to them,” Pandey said.

Starting from Rs 1.3 lakh, the cost of the battery operated vehicle can go up to Rs 1.8 lakh at the time of purchase. Most of the dealers selling the vehicle also promise to provide registration with it.

Those driving e-rickshaws without registration said they cannot afford to purchase the vehicle. “I pay Rs 300 every day to the owner of the vehicle. I manage to earn enough to barely make ends meet. I can’t purchase it on my own because I don’t have the resources,” an e-rickshaw driver, who did not want to be named, said.

When the project was launched, the vehicles were intended to be an affordable and eco-friendly mode of public transport. They were also supposed to provide connectivity in areas where there is a dearth of proper public transport.

“E-rickshaws were primarily for residential areas. However, they run on main roads. There is also no control on their numbers which is adding to the traffic congestion in the city. A lot of e-rickshaws running on the road are not even registered with the RTO,” said Mahesh Bhandari, president of Doon Residents’ Welfare Front.

Rubbishing the claims of unregistered e-rickshaws operating in the city, ARTO Pandey said, “Who has counted all the e-rickshaws operating in the city? There are around 1,200 of these registered vehicles in Dehradun. From the time the vehicle is bought, the owners have a time period of one week to get the registration from RTO.”

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 22:06 IST

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