March 10, 2015 Print

In the dense population centers of India, the logistics of getting people from their homes to high-capacity transit like rail has long plagued the transportation sector. The passage of a new bill allowing the operation of “e-rickshaws” will both help solve that problem and provide a newly legal means of income for the urban poor who have been operating them, reports Atlas Network partner Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR).

CPPR has long argued that these small electric vehicles should be officially recognized as a type of Intermediate Para-Transit (IPT), which would move their operation out of the informal economy and allow greater stability for their drivers under a consistent rule of law. Still, the organization points out that important regulatory hurdles remain to be resolved.

“We welcome the legislation and the move to legalise e-rickshaws in India,” CPPR writes. “It is important to develop the systems and infrastructures to integrate IPT’s to help the cause of mobility of people in India. We however are disappointed that permits for E-Rickshaws and similar systems are left to the Road Transport Authorities (RTA)’s than the respective City Corporations or Municipalities. It is important to differentiate and free up the clearance and permits systems from the inundated and outdated RTA systems prevailing in India.”

Read the full article, “E-Rickshaw Bill Passed!! Why we need to celebrate.”