Plan re­vived, you may soon rent a bike in cap­i­tal

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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.

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