Bike taxis seek time till 2025-26 for electric vehicle transition

Bike taxis do 10-12 million rides a week; one-fourth of these are in Delhi

Surajeet Das Gupta New Delhi
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Bike taxis operators, who were banned by the Delhi government this week, have approached the latter with a compromise solution, requesting the state to allow them to continue to operate while allowing them the time to convert their vehicles to electric by 2025-26. 
It has, however, asked for a level playing field when it comes to the timeline for conversion to electric between white label (for private use) bike drivers who use their vehicles for ride-hailing and those who use it for last-mile delivery of e- commerce products (for companies like Zomato, Flipkart, Amazon etc). Talks are on with Delhi government officials to come up with a solution.  
Says a top executive of a leading aggregator, “The latest draft rules governing aggregators in Delhi have created a huge non level playing field. If the goal is to reduce pollution and congestion in Delhi, the guidelines are very unfair, since they have been made stringent only f

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First Published: Feb 23 2023 | 10:37 PM IST

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