As per the legal news reported in one of the India’s leading newspapers, the Indian Express, on August 27, 2010, a new proposed Indian law will permit cycle rickshaws to run across Delhi. The Draft Delhi Cycle Rickshaw Act, 2010 is being drafted by Delhi’s three civic authorities.
Legal News: SC Criticizes Government as “Anti Poor”
A recent Delhi High Court judgment has termed the policy of the MCD in restricting the number of cycle-rickshaws in Delhi as unconstitutional. The proposed Indian law, provides that the there should be no such policy to restrict the number of cycle rickshaws, which can be registered. The Delhi High Court did not accept the argument that cycle rickshaws cause traffic congestion in a city that has over six million personal vehicles, out of which about 3.8 million are four wheelers.
The Supreme Court upheld the Delhi High Court judgment, stating that the cycle rickshaws can ply in the capital city without being restricted in any way. The apex court criticized the government for being anti-poor and asked why the government did not place any checks on the increasing number of vehicles in the city instead of targeting the poor.
Legal News: Restrictions on Cycle Rickshaws Lifted, New Laws Proposed
Legal news reports on the Draft Delhi Cycle Rickshaw Act, 2010 will remove current restrictions on cycle rickshaws to move in residential areas and enable them to move all over the city, except the National Highways, No Entry zones and the Ring Roads. The cycle rickshaws will be allowed to run across all the major roads in the 12 zones under the Delhi Cantonment Board, the MCD and the NDMC.
Section 7 of the proposed draft Act provides that minimum age of a rickshaw puller shall be 21 years. Further, he should be well equipped with traffic rules, should have a good physique and should not have a past criminal record, for committing any major crime. Also, he should wear a clean uniform and he should never ride the rickshaw in a drunken state.
Also, section 28 of the Act stipulates for formation of the Cycle Rickshaw Use Promotion Authority (RUPA), with the Chief Secretary as its head. The body will be authorized to take and implement decisions, to create a rickshaw friendly environment, in Delhi.
Legal News: Delhi Cops Demand Stringent Provisions in Proposed Law
As per legal news reports, the Delhi traffic police want the proposed law to have strict provisions such as penalty for rickshaws that flout traffic norms and bring rickshaw pullers under police jurisdiction. However, to safeguard the rights of rickshaw pullers, the draft has provisions that will protect them from being treated badly or violently by the police.