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Delhi HC refuses to stay ban on e-rickshaws

India TV News Desk 11 Aug 2014, 15:47:41 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The ban on e-rickshaws in the national capital will continue as the Delhi High Court refused to stay its order banning plying of e-rickshaws in the city.

The High Court has fixed  August 14 for next hearing in this case.

The High Court had on July 31 ordered a ban on plying of e-rickshaws in the city, saying they are illegally running on Delhi roads and ‘prima facie a hazard to other traffic as well citizens'.

The Central government last Friday submitted in the Delhi HC the draft guidelines to regulate plying of e-rickshaws in the capital by bringing these battery-operated vehicles under the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Filing the guidelines for framing rules for operation of e-rickshaws, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said it will finalize the guidelines in about two months and till that time the ban on plying of e-rickshaws should be suspended.

There will be triennial renewal of registration of e-rickshaws, said the guidelines, adding that registration will be given to only drivers who hold a valid licence. The compensation to the accident claim victims will be given as per provisions of MV Act.

It also stated that e-rickshaws provide employment to hundreds of thousands who have upgraded from the manually pulled rickshaws to the electric-powered three-wheeled vehicles.

Due to non-registration of e-rickshaws, the traffic police had earlier stated that passengers of e-rickshaws are not insured for injury or death as these vehicles do not have insurance cover. It was also said that as the operation of e-rickshaws is not regulated under the MVA, police are unable to prosecute the drivers.