The E-Rickshaws: A Boon Or Bane?
Living in Delhi and the NCR does have its own benefits and at times some issues too. Driving on road is something that we all love irrespective of traffic and bad roads but often we need to take the public transport to reach our destination and that is where the “E-Rickshaw” comes to light as an alternative to the people for public transport.
As it’s said, ‘it’s better late than never’, so among the herd of polluting tempos and 3 wheeler (upon which people hang even to the last available corner of the foot-board) we commuters get the E-Rickshaw that can seat 5-6 people in one time and makes zero emission and not a single noise pollution and proves themselves as an eco-friendly alternative to travel.
However, there is also a major flip side to these E Rickshaws and that being, no permanent registration, a very weak structure overall and in case if the E Rickshaw hits a vehicle, no case seems to be registered as there is no registration number of them.
People do see them as an effective mode mainly because there is so much traffic on road and every mode of public transport here is jam packed with people. Hence, they are left with no options. I have seen people traveling in them and honestly I feel scared seeing its thin structure carrying such load and in case it turns turtle then god knows only what shall happen. For me it’s the most unsafe mode to travel. Here in Noida these E-rickshaws can be found in large numbers near metro stations and bus stops and honestly the drivers of these “E-Rickshaws” are least bothered about them being the cause of many accidents. Apart from that, What I also have observed that there is a tussle going on always between the regular 3 wheeler guys and the E-Rickshaw drivers which I feel is totally non-sensible as in their tussle the person who is most effected always is us, the common day-to-day commuter.
This is the kind of E-Rickshaw I am referring to. Looking at the pic itself a lot of things do become clear. Now regarding the E-Rickshaws I have a couple of questions to ask and would appreciate the response;
• How are these E-Rickshaws permitted to ply on roads without any registration numbers?
• Is there any proof of age for the driver’s of these E-Rickshaws?
• What sort of action can be taken against these drivers if he commits an accident?
• Do the dealers of the E-Rickshaws verify the credentials of the buyer at any time?
• Are these E-Rickshaws insured by the insurance agencies?
There have been many attempts to curb this menace by the concerned authorities but none of their efforts have so far been successful in bringing these unaccountable drivers to book. I therefore, would like to know what you all think of the “E-Rickshaw” i.e whether it’s a viable mode to travel or it’s ineffective/ unsafe. Is the invention and availability of E-Rickshaw a Boon or a Bane for the public? If any of you may have traveled in them then do share your experience here.
# Pics from google.