Battery rickshaws irk traffic cops

Points to ponder before popularising e-rickshaws
  • Battery-run e-rickshaws which were employed to provide last mile connectivity between residential areas and metro stations have been found operating on several
  • arterial roads and parking on roads despite repeated warnings, causing traffic chaos.
  • The absence of any legal backing and a policy to regulate their movement has made it difficult for traffic police to control them, turning them into menace despite their environmental benefits.
  • The Transport Dept has issued notice directing the e-rickshaw owners to get vehicle type approvals from government-approved institutes, get trade licences and dealerships issued at the earliest.
  • Government will now formulate a policy to register them, define their routes of operation and effectively rein their movement.
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