The ministry of road transport and highways on Monday (November 10) launched a new modified e-rickshaw based on the new rules notified through amendments in the Motor Vehicle Act.
"This will put an end to the practice of human beings pulling human beings. E-rickshaws will be provided at discounted rates to members of the minority, scheduled castes and tribes and OBCs," the Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said while unveiling the vehicle at his office complex.
The Ministry cleared plying of e-rickshaws on city roads through a notification last month. It notified the Central Motor Vehicles (Sixteenth Amendment) Rules, 2014, which paves the way for plying of 'special purpose battery operated vehicles'.
Gadkari said that the new and modified set of e-rickshaws have been manufactured keeping in mind the safety parameters."We will sort out all issues within a month related to e-rickshaws."
The Delhi High Court had on July 31 banned plying of e-rickshaws on the roads of the national capital citing safety concerns. Subsequently, the road ministry had come out with new rules for plying of e-rickshaws.
The new rules provide that e-rickshaw will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kg luggage while e-carts would transport goods up to 310 kg.
The rules define e-rickshaw as a special purpose battery operated vehicle 'having three wheels and intended to provide last mile connectivity for transport of passengers for hire or reward'. These vehicles are constructed or adapted to carry not more than four passengers, excluding the driver and the net power of its motor is not more than 2000 Watts and the maximum speed of the vehicle is not more than 25 kilometer per hour. Driving licences have also been made mandatory for battery operated vehicles.
In a separate development, ministry of road and transport and ministry of railways signed a MoU for speedy construction of Road over bridges and rail under bridges on national highways. The approval will come within 60 days now from earlier 6 months to 2.5 years.
The cost for over bridges and under bridges will be borne by the road ministry.
Source: Business Standard
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14 June 2017