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Lok Sabha passes Bill for regularisation of e-rickshaws

The government has decided to provide low interest loan to the rickshaw pullers belonging to poor, backward and minority communities to buy e-rickshaws. According to the new amendment, there will be no education limitation for getting the licence to ply the e-rickshaw.

Meanwhile, Delhi government on Thursday told the High Court that about 445 e-rickshaws had been impounded by its enforcement staff since August this year for running on city roads despite a ban.
The traffic police, meanwhile, submitted that it had till November 25 impounded a total of 6,602 e-rickshaws for plying on the city roads in violation of the court’s ban on their operation.

Delhi government’s Transport Department submitted before the Delhi High Court that there was a spurt in plying of e-rickshaws consequent to the Centre’s October 8, 2014 notification providing new rules for their registration, and this resulted in around 312 of them being seized.

Prior to that very few e-rickshaws were running in view of the high court’s July 31 and September 9 orders banning them from Delhi roads, the Transport Department submitted before Justice VK Shali who listed the matter for further hearing in January.

In an affidavit filed in the court, the department has said Delhi Traffic Police was requested to issue necessary instructions to all zonal authorities as well as local police to take appropriate action against e-rickshaws plying without obtaining approval and registration as per the rules.

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