New Delhi: A Bill seeking to pave the way for plying of e-rickshaws on Delhi roads was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015 introduced by Minister of State for Road Transport P Radhakrishnan, will replace an ordinance promulgated in January in this regard.
E-rickshaws, or battery-operated three-wheeler vehicles, had gone off the roads after the Delhi High Court banned their plying in July last on grounds of safety. An earlier Bill to regularise e-rickshaws was passed by the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session but as it was stuck in the Rajya Sabha, the government issued an Ordinance.
The earlier bill has since been withdrawn. The government had in October last notified the rules for plying of e-rickshaws and made driver's licence mandatory for operating them and limiting their speed to 25 kmph.
The new rules provide that e-rickshaws will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kg luggage while e-carts would transport goods up to 310 kg.