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President signed ordinance to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

Jan 8, 2015 09:09 IST

President Pranab Mukherjee on 7 January 2015 signed an ordinance to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The ordinance paves the way for plying of e-rickshaws on roads of the National Capital Region (NCT).

Earlier, the Union Cabinet, on 24 December 2014 approved promulgation of the ordinance as a bill in this regard was not passed in the Parliament during the winter session of Parliament in December 2014. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 18 December 2014 but got stuck in the Rajya Sabha.

E-rickshaws or battery-operated three-wheeler vehicles had gone off roads after Delhi High Court banned their plying on roads in July 2014 on safety concerns.


Main Provisions of the Ordinance
• The e-rickshaws will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kgs of luggage while e-carts would transport goods up to 310 kgs
• No person can be granted a learner’s licence to drive a transport vehicle unless he held the driving licence for light motor vehicle for a period of at least one year has been removed

Background
Union Government in October 2014 notified the rules for plying of e-rickshaws making driver’s licence mandatory for operating them and limiting maximum speed to 25 km/hr.

The Central Motor Vehicles (16th Amendment) Rules, 2014 sought to remove difficulties in granting licence to drivers of e-rickshaws and e-carts by amending Section 7(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and add the definition of e-rickshaw and e-cart in the Act.

 

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