Pune: “The Central government's decision on exempting e-rickshaws and e-buses from taking permits from the State transport department to run on the roads is an insult to the State transport department," said Shiv Sena leader and State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote. He was talking during a workshop organised by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), in association with Transport Department of Government of Maharashtra, on Thursday here at YASHDA.
Raote while taking a jibe at Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, said, "Each and every public transport in the state requires the permission of State transport department, but just because of the decision of Central government, a large number of unregistered e-rickshwas and e-buses are running in Nagpur, so who should be held responsible for it.”
“None of the transport officials can stop them; I believe that transport officials should have protested against the decision of the Centre for stripping them of their rights of allotting permit to public transport,” added Raote.
Technical sessions were held in the workshop where they highlighted future safety and emission regulations for automobiles, road accident analysis, hybrid and electric vehicle regulations, Rule 62, by industry leaders from Maruti, Tata Motors, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT).
The workshop was organised to give knowledge on future technologies and regulation for automobiles in India to transport department officials, the government of Maharashtra. Special emphasis was put on promoting future emission, safety and hybrid and electric vehicles regulations.