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Relaxation by the government on two rules regarding two-wheelers

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Wednesday amended two schemes to facilitate the operation of methanol and ethanol-powered as well as battery-powered vehicles. The ministry said in a notification issued on August 5 that the ‘Rent a Cab Scheme’, 1989 and the ‘Rent a Motorcycle Scheme’ have been amended.

As these vehicles were exempted from the requirement of permits, the ministry had received reports from some states on the implementation of the two schemes. The ministry had earlier issued guidelines for ‘rental cabs’ and ‘rental motorcycles’ schemes.
These vehicles will no longer need a permit. These vehicles can be used in any way without a permit, which means that legally these vehicles can be used for commercial purposes. This decision of the ministry will also bring relief to the tourism industry.
Two-wheelers running on batteries, methanol and ethanol have been exempted from the permit by the Ministry of Road Transport. Although the ministry exempted electric vehicles from permits, the order did not provide clear instructions for two-wheelers.
Two-wheeler carriers could not legally rent these vehicles under the old law. But now, according to an order issued by the ministry, two-wheelers can be used legally without a license. The biggest beneficiaries will be the two-wheeler carriers as well as the tourism industry.
This decision of the Ministry of Road Transport will bring relief to the two-wheeler owners and will benefit the people associated with the tourism industry. While bikes are rented in Goa and other tourist destinations, it has also brought relief to such industries.