e-rickshaw ban: Government to submit proposal to Delhi High Court

Aug 29 2014, 05:24 IST
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SummaryThe ASG informed the court that the draft rules for e-rickshaws were being prepared by the government.

The controversy over regulation of e-rickshaws in the capital may soon come to an end as the Central government is expected to submit a proposal on the directions it sought from the Delhi High Court on the issue, on Friday.

During a brief hearing on Thursday, the court of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul once again reiterated that the court’s “hands were tied” due to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, as the vehicles could not be allowed to ply without proper regulations in place.

Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand, however, argued that the court could issue interim directions to allow e-rickshaws to ply in the city, since the lives and livelihood of thousands of e-rickshaw operators was being affected due to the ban on the vehicles.

“How can we say to not follow the law? That is the difficulty we are facing. Give us the proposal of directions you want us to pass,” the court said.

The ASG also informed the court that the draft rules for e-rickshaws were being prepared by the government and would be placed before the Law Ministry soon.

The proposal, which is to be filed by the Transport Ministry before court on Friday, will contain measures to regulate plying of e-rickshaws during the interregnum between now and when the rules will be framed under the MV Act.

The court may issue directions on Friday after looking into the proposal.

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