I rise to support this Bill. This Bill brings e-carts and e-rickshaws under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act for carrying goods and passengers. It also relaxes condition for obtaining license for a public service vehicle. To get a learner’s license for a public service vehicle you need one year experience of driving a light motor vehicle. This Bill relaxes that condition.
Possibility is that this Bill will result in employment for a large number of people. Drivers would now have a smooth transition from manual rickshaw to electric power seal-wheel vehicles.
In West Bengal our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has introduced a unique scheme that will bring 6000 manually‐pulled rickshaws in Kolkata under green rickshaw i.e. solar power e‐cart or e‐rickshaw to provide employment as well as to provide pollution free environment to our new generation.
Central Government should consider starting a scheme for providing easier loans to drivers so that they can procure e-carts, otherwise they will be debarred and new people will continue to use these e-carts.