AAP: BJP did noth­ing for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of e-rick­shaws

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO/NCR -

THE AAP to­day ac­cused the Cen­tral govern­ment of do­ing noth­ing for the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion and lay­ing down of safety stan­dards for er­ick­shaws and said the BJP should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for a ban on them by the Delhi High Court.

"The BJP's cen­tral govern­ment must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ban on er­ick­shaws, since it in­dulged in dou­ble­s­peak and took con­trary stands in­side and out­side the court. It did noth­ing for the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion and lay­ing down of safety stan­dards for these ve­hi­cles," AAP said in a state­ment.

The Delhi High Court to­day di­rected the city govern­ment to stop e-rick­shaws from ply­ing on the roads of the na­tional cap­i­tal "as of now".

"You (Delhi govern­ment) say it is il­le­gal. You stop them (e-rick­shaws) in the mean­time, till a law is framed to reg­u­late them. You can't al­low them to take law into their hands," the court said.

AAP said Union trans­port min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari must ex­plain what hap­pened to his as­sur­ances given to the e-rick­shaw driv­ers at the Ramlila Ground on June 16?

"He had promised to pro­vide em­ploy­ment to two lakh peo­ple, but his govern­ment by its negli- gence and dou­ble­s­peak is re­spon­si­ble for ren­der­ing atleast two lakh poor fam­i­lies in the na­tional cap­i­tal job­less at the mo­ment.

"If the BJP and its cen­tral govern­ment are at all se­ri­ous on the is­sue, they can eas­ily get the amend­ments to the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act passed dur­ing the on­go­ing Mon­soon Ses­sion of Par­lia­ment it­self to re­solve the is­sue," the party said.

The key is­sues con­cern­ing the ply­ing of e-rick­shaws in the na­tional cap­i­tal are their regis­tra­tion and li­cens­ing, so that they can be reg­u­lated as per law, in­clud­ing lay­ing down of clear criterion of how many pas­sen­gers have to be al­lowed in them and in which ar­eas will they be al­lowed.

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