Indian govt relax laws for plying e-rickshaws, e-carts

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indian government on Friday approved amendment in Motor Vehicles Act to allow plying of e-rickshaws and e-carts in Delhi and other parts of the country.

The approval was given in the Union Cabinet meeting that was held here today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for proposal to remove difficulties in granting license to the drivers of the e-rickshaws and e-carts by amending the Section 7 (1) of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and adding the definition of e-rickshaw and e-cart under the Act,” Indian government spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that e-Rickshaws and e-Carts provide affordable and clean last mile connectivity in the transport system.

“The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified rules under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, to bring the e-Rickshaws and e-Carts within the legal framework ensuring tests for approval of prototype for safety standards before registration of the vehicles. Such vehicles have been allowed limited power and speed,” the spokesperson said.

he said that under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, no person can be granted a Learner’s License to drive a transport vehicle, unless he has held the Driving License for a period of at least one year.

As most of the e-rickshaws and e-carts drivers do not have any license, the existing provision will debar them from operating e-Rickshaw / e-Cart for the next one year.

In order to remove this difficulty, and facilitate plying of e-rickshaw and e-carts, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed to amend Section 7(1) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which will give relaxation to e-rickshaw and e-cart drivers only.

In addition, the definition of e-rickshaw and e-cart has been included under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.