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Transport ministry advisory to states for grant of driving licences to ‘divyangjan’ for e-rickshaws | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: In a move that would create more opportunities for self-employment for “divyangjan” (persons with disabilities), the road transport ministry has advised states and UTs to issue driving licences (DLs) for such persons to drive e-rickshaws and e-carts.
In its advisory, the ministry has said that these battery operated vehicles are compact in design and “can be customised to be driven by upper limbs only, with no operational control provided at lower limbs”. The ministry has said since e-rickshaws and e-carts have got the ‘type’ approval, alterations can be made to meet the specific needs of an individual as applicable in other categories of vehicles.
However, considering that certain disabilities can cause difficulties or altogether restrict driving, the ministry has specified that persons with disabilities such as partial or full disability of one or both legs, one hand, persons with short stature and with spine disability may be considered for issuing the DLs.
As per the ministry, this is also a step towards facilitating equal participation of ‘divyangjan’ in every sphere of life, including in economic activities.
The government has already relaxed norms for obtaining DLs for e-rickshaws and e-carts considering the less likelihood of such vehicles causing road crashes or grievous injuries. However, every such applicant needs to undergo a 10-day training course for obtaining a DL.
The ministry has said that in case of denial of DLs to a ‘divyangjan’ for these vehicles by the licencing authorities, an intimation may be sent to the respective transport commissioner for any remedial action.
Though e-rickshaws and e-carts are allowed to ply only on internal roads for providing last mile connectivity, the norm is blatantly violated across the country.

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