Pune: Electric auto-rickshaws are all set to ply on Pune roads from first week of October, announced Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune, on Thursday. The official also said the fare will be decided mutually by the drivers and customers.
E-rickshaws had started plying in some parts of Pune last year, but the RTO had impounded them citing lack of necessary permission. Post the amendment in the Central Motor Vehicle Act 2014, these vehicles have been allowed to run across the country with states framing specific rules for them.
As many as 14 roads and stretches have been finalised by RTO, Pune, and the police for e-rickshaws to operate on.
“Around 5 to 6 manufacturers of these vehicles, including e-carts, which can be used for transporting various things and garbage disposal, have approached us. On August 20, the RTO will organise an event on its premises in which all the manufacturers have been called with their vehicles. Those interested can have a look and know about the technical details,” said Babasaheb Ajri, the Regional Transport Officer of Pune.
According to the Central Motor Vehicle Act, no tax will be levied on these vehicles, but the driver should have a learner’s licence. Once the driver has a learner’s licence, he or she should take a 10-day lesson from the manufacturers on running the vehicle.
“After finishing the course, they will be given a certificate. After that, they can apply for a permanent licence for e-rickshaws,” Ajri said.
“The final list of routes was sent by the police commissioner’s office. We are still awaiting the list from the rural commissionerate,” Ajri said.
“It isn’t possible to provide special stands for them due to space constraints. We don’t expect any clashes with autorickshaw drivers. These vehicles will not run as stage carriers. Their destination will be point-to-point. They will be expected to strictly follow traffic regulations and the routes in which they ply. The cost of these vehicles will be anywhere between Rs 1.5 to 1.6 lakh,” Ajri added.