Ratna De Nag speaks on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 | Transcript

I would like to express my thanks to the Chair for giving me this opportunity to speak on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

The Bill was brought to the House, against the Ordinance promulgated by the Government. By going through the Bill I could find that it has come a bit late due to the Government’s inability to get it passed in Rajya Sabha; in spite of its introduction on 22 December, 2014, due to its position. But better late than never.

It is of utmost importance to regulate the rules with regard to the speed and dimensions under the Motor Vehicles Act. This Bill is aimed at providing relief to the drivers of the e-rickshaw and e-carts. I welcome it. To streamline the drivers of the e-rickshaw and e-carts there is a need to relax the condition of learners license for driving transport vehicles.

I support this Bill as it results in employment for a large number of people. Drivers will now have a smooth transition from manual rickshaw to electric power seal-wheel vehicles. I hope with the passage of time  e-rickshaw and e-carts are streamlined in every respect.

Sir, before I conclude I would like to make a request to the Hon’ble Minister, please help the poor drivers of the e-rickshaw and e-carts, either in getting a loan from the bank in zero interest or less interest or by giving them some subsidy.

Thank you.

WB Govt to rehabilitate hand-rickshaw pullers with e-rickshaws: Pratima Mandal | Transcript

Trinamool MP Pratima Mandal today supported the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2014 in Lok Sabha while making some suggestions to the government. She also highlighted the West Bengal Government scheme to rehabilitate hand-rickshaw pullers with e-rickshaws.

Full transcript of her speech:

Thank you Hon’ble Sir, for giving me an opportunity to speak in this august House on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2014. The definitions that have been proposed to be included in this Bill are in my opinion appropriate and necessary. It has taken into account very valid reasons that were otherwise missing from the purview of the Act under discussion.

Now moving to the principal Act… In Section 7, the relaxation of driving license to e-cart or e-rickshaw, I believe, is a very good move. But there must be a regulation in respect of issuing driving license otherwise it might lead to bad impact on traffic.

I would like to bring to the notice of the House that our Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has introduced a unique scheme to bring 6000 manually-pulled rickshaw 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.

I, on behalf of my party, would extend support to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2014. But I would like to request the Hon’ble Minister, through you Sir, that Government might consider to include few points.

  • Number of passengers on board should be restricted to avoid accidents.
  • Restriction for quantity of goods should be implemented.
  • It is suggested that Government might consider bringing the passenger on board and those caused harm by e-cart or e- rickshaw under insurance policy coverage in order to provide financial assistance to them.


Thank you.