Can't allow e-rickshaws without guidelines: HC

SansadTV Bureau

rickshaw_delhiThe ban on e-rickshaws in the city will continue as the Delhi High Court made it clear on Tuesday that it cannot allow them to ply unless there are guidelines to regulate them and asked the Centre to come up with draft regulations on the issue.

“Our concern is very very clear and we cannot allow these e-rickshaws without any regulations,” a bench of justice B D Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul said.

Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand, appearing for the Centre and the Delhi Government, said the issue relates to the livelihood of around 50,000 erickshaw owners and they be allowed to ply them under the supervision of Delhi Police and civic agencies.

“We will not allow any illegal acts. You show us under which guidelines or norms the police will regulate them. Have a proper policy then only we can allow it as the rule of law must prevail,” the bench said.

“We are also not happy but we should not allow chaos in the capital of the country, which should be a role model city for all of us,” it said.

The ASG then informed the court that the Centre will frame the draft guidelines on the issue and e-rickshaws can be allowed to ply for the time being till the guidelines are replaced by statutory amendments.

The court then fixed the matter on August 8 for hearing review petition of Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association.

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 review petition also contended that lakhs of families depend upon e-rickshaws for their livelihood “and in the interest of justice, this court may review/modify the order dated July 31″.

The bench has listed the main matter for further hearing on August 14.

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