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Delhi HC: Centre should frame guidelines to regulate e-rickshaws

India TV News Desk 05 Aug 2014, 12:45:47 PM IST
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New Delhi: Delhi HC has asked Centre to frame the guidelines to regulate e-rickshaws in the capital today.

The petition was mentioned before a bench of justices B D Ahmed and S Mridul by advocate R K Kapoor, appearing on behalf of Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association.

The next hearing on e-rickshaws will be held on August 8.

The petition also sought directions to the authorities to act upon the ministry's advisory which "specifically provides that in order to give vehicles for last mile connectivity to the commuters and livelihood to manually operated three- wheeled rickshaws and carts, it was decided to facilitate their replacement with electric motor powered three-wheeled rickshaws and carts".

The high court on July 31 had ordered a ban on plying of e-rickshaws in the national capital saying they are illegally running on Delhi roads and "prima facie a hazard to other traffic as well citizens".

The high court's directions had come on a petition filed by social worker Shanawaz Khan alleging that e-rickshaws, which are operated with power output of 650 to 850 watt and are designed to ferry only four people, including the driver, were carrying more than eight people at a time, endangering their lives.

Earlier, the high court had asked the Delhi government to appraise it of any policy decisions taken for regulating e-rickshaws which ply without any license or number plates.