Centre to relax norms for existing e-rickshwas

Come November and e-rickshaws might start plying on the city roads legally. Even as hearing in the case continues in the High Court, the Central Government is planning to relax certain regulation norms for the already existing e-rickshaws on the city roads.

Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari held a meeting of the stakeholders over the issue on Monday. The meeting was attended among others by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung, Transport Commissioner, and officials of the Delhi Police and the Law Department.

It was unanimously decided in the meeting that while these battery-operated vehicles need to be brought under the Motor Vehicles Act, any such law must not affect the existing e-rickshaws that have been plying on the city roads over the past two years.

“Any new law made must be prospective. The Motor Vehicles Act did not envisage such vehicles. Even as new set of laws are being framed to regulate these vehicles, the norms for the existing vehicles ought to be a bit relaxed as it affects the livelihood of lakhs of people dependent on it and convenience of lakh of people in general,” an official involved with the development said.

“Exemptions like type approval and structural safety might be relaxed for the existing rickshaws. While the final blueprint is still being framed, the e-rickshaw associations could be given the authority to certify these vehicles on these counts,” the official added.

The relaxed norms, sources said, could be notified by the first week of November and the day of notification would be the cut-off date for the waiver.

Exemptions like type approval and structural safety might be relaxed for the existing rickshaws

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