E-Rickshaws are the latest entry in the Indian road and transport system. A flexible, non-polluting and affordable system, they have been playing a significant role in solving the last mile connectivity issue. Due to the absence of rules and norms, they have been largely operating very informally. While the licensing of E-Rickshaws has been given the nod by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the operation of this system is still ambiguous which has currently led to the ban order by the Delhi High Court.
There exists the issue of monitoring and framing the rule book for E-Rickshaws for the safety and security of the commuters using these systems. Policy guidelines are required on whether E-Rickshaws are an Intermediate Para-Transit (IPT) system, who is responsible for the licensing and regulation and how it gets integrated and act as feeder to the public transport. Specific provisions are required to address questions on speed, vehicle specifications, insurance, lane traffic and fare charges. This requires a policy framework to address the concerns of both e-rickshaw drivers and its counterparts.
Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) believes that E-Rickshaw needs to be integrated into the system at the policy as well as at the infrastructure level and developed as an appropriate feeder system. This demands for a need based assessment and defining of IPT Characteristics in the current public transport system of India. This policy brief aims to develop an approach wherein which systems like e-rickshaw shall be formally integrated and devised to support the existing systems and enable a sustained transport system.
Please download the Policy Brief here.. E-Rickshaw