Plan revived, you may soon rent a bike in capital
New Delhi: It might soon be possible to rent a motorcycle in Delhi on the lines of similar services available in Goa. Aimed primarily at tourists, Delhi government’s transport department has revived its earlier proposal to register motorcycles as commercial vehicles for the rent-a-bike scheme.
Delhi government had approved the proposal for a rent-abike scheme in 2015. The scheme was then put on the backburner until recently, when it was once again revived and discussed in the department. According to sources in the transport department, a proposal to allow bike taxis in Delhi has been discussed too but at the moment, there are no plans to introduce it in the city, even though the rent-a-bike scheme is likely to roll out soon.
“There is a provision to allow renting of motor cabs and motorcycles as per the Section 75 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Delhi’s rent-a-bike scheme would be introduced under this provision,” a transport department official said.
“The file of the rent-a-bike scheme was sent to the transport minister and it has been sent back to the department with his remarks,” he said. “Initially, we had planned to provide permits to operators to rent out bikes under the scheme. However, now it has been decided that permits would not be issued to bike operators,” he said.
The transport department now plans to provide licence to operators and charge them licence fees. “To get a licence to operate arent-a-bike scheme, an operator would need to have at least five motorcycles. It would also be mandatory to have a GPS device in each motorcycle, so these can be monitored and traced if required for safety reasons,” the official said. “We would also make it mandatory under the scheme for the operator to share all data with the transport department when asked,” he said.
To get a licence to operate a rent-a-bike scheme, an operator will need to have at least five motorcycles. It will also be mandatory to have a GPS device in each motorcycle
“The operators will also have to pay registration charges for each motorcycle, apart from the licence fee. We are trying to fix the charges at the moment,” he said. “The charges for renting a motorcycle, however, would be decided by market forces and the Delhi government would not fix any fare,” he said.
“App-based cab aggregators have been trying to bring in bike-taxi services in the capital but at the moment, Delhi government has decided to allow only battery-run bikes,” the official said.