Maharashtra to cut back plying age restrict of autorickshaws to fifteen years, Auto Information, Automobilnews
Mumbai: Maharashtra State Transport Authority (STA) has determined to convey down the plying age restrict of autorickshaws to fifteen years, a transport division official mentioned on Monday. As per the choice, autorickshaws older than 15 years will not have the ability to ply on roads from August 1, 2021 within the Mumbai Metropolitan area (MMR), whereas the deadline for a similar in the remainder of the state has been set as August 1, 2024.
In MMR, the present age restrict of autorickshaws is 16 years, whereas the identical is 20 years in the remainder of the state.
The STA chaired by state transport secretary authorised the choice in its assembly held on September 24, the official instructed . As per the STA, the choice will probably be carried out in 4 levels between August 1, 2021 and August 1, 2024 in the remainder of the state.
The STA, a quasi-judicial physique, took the choice to cap the age of autorickshaws on the idea of a advice to this impact made by a panel headed by former IAS officer BC Khatua.
The Khatua committee had submitted its report back to the state authorities in October 2017, which accepted majority of its recommendations together with fixing the age of autorickshaws.
In its report, Khatua panel had advisable to cut back the age cap of autos to fifteen years in 4 levels between August 1, 2018 and August 1, 2021 excluding MMR.
Maharashtra has over 10 lakh autorickshaws.
Earlier, a choice to cap the plying age of autos to 16 years in MMR and 20 years in remainder of the state was taken by the STA on August 1, 2013 on the idea of suggestions made by Hakim Panel, the official mentioned, including that the age restrict of taxis was fastened at 20 years.
Earlier than 2013, autos had no age restrict, although the STA had set 25 years because the age restrict for taxis in 2010.
Maharashtra Transport Commissioner Avinash Dhakane mentioned the STA had taken the choice based mostly on a advice made by the Khatua panel.
“The state authorities had already accepted the advice of Khatua panel about fixing the age restrict for autos. As a result of COVID-19 outbreak, STA has revised the deadlines,” he mentioned. Mumbai Autorickshaws Union chief Shashank Rao mentioned the choice was illogical.
“I do not perceive the logic behind decreasing the age of auto-rickshaws by one yr from 16 years to fifteen years (in MMR),” he instructed reporters.