E-rickshaws and e-carts no longer require permits to ply on roads but states can impose restrictions on them under appropriate traffic laws regarding…
their movement in certain areas, the government said on Wednesday.
“The ministry of road transport and highways has issued a gazette notification today that serves to free e-rickshaws and e-carts from permit requirements,” an official statement said.
According to the notification, the provisions of the sub-section (1) of section 66 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, will not apply to e-carts and e-rickshaws (as defined in section 2A of the Act,) that are used for carrying goods or passengers with personal luggage, the ministry of road transport and highways said.
“This means that vehicles that are registered as e-carts or e–rickshaws will not require any permits. State governments can however impose restrictions under appropriate traffic laws on plying of these vehicles in specific areas or specific roads,” it said.
The notification has removed the legal hurdles in the way of running of electric rickshaws as last mile connectivity.
Obtaining permits for operating in states was proving to be the biggest obstacle for e-carts and e-rickshaws, a senior road transport and highways ministry official has said, adding that they can now operate pan-India, hassle-free.
As per the sub section (1) of section 66, “no owner of a motor vehicle shall use or permit the use of the vehicle as a transport vehicle in any public place whether or not such vehicle is actually carrying any passenger or goods save in accordance with the conditions of a permit granted or countersigned by a regional or state transport authority.”
The ministry has already set guidelines for e-rickshaws and has allowed them to operate under the Act.
However, many states were not following the guidelines earlier but with the notification, e-rickshaws can now ply freely, the official said.