Delhi Transport Department to crack down on illegal dealers selling unapproved e-rickshaws

With increasing numbers of 'unapproved e-rickshaws' plying on the national capital's roads, the Delhi Transport Department has decided to launch a special drive against "illegal dealers" selling such vehicles.

“Unapproved e-rickshaws by unauthorised dealers often cause a threat to life of commuters as well as road users in the national capital,” a senior government official said.

"All Motor Licensing Officers have been directed to launch a special drive against the unauthorised dealers selling e-rickshaws and take appropriate action including filing of complaints with Delhi Police for lodging FIR against them," the official said.

The decision to crack down on such illegal dealers was taken after a representative of the e-rickshaw association raised the issue of sale of unapproved e-rickshaws by some unauthorised dealers in a meeting with Transport minister Gopal Rai earlier this month.

Last month, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had launched a subsidy scheme for e-rickshaws under which the Delhi government would provide Rs. 30,000 to drivers as financial assistance for retrofitting and registration of the vehicles.