New Guidelines To Regulate Shared Mobility And Curb Pollution

New Delhi, Nov 28: Stepping up efforts to regulate shared mobility and reduce traffic congestion and pollution, the government has come up with fresh guidelines making aggregators accountable for operations.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued the Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines 2020 as per the requirements and provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 and further as per the amended Section 93 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

The guidelines provide for a license issued by the state government is a mandatory prerequisite for permitting business operations by the aggregator.

The Ministry said that the guidelines specified by the Central Government for regulating the aggregators may be followed by state governments.

The guidelines seek to establish a regulatory framework for aggregators by  state governments to ensure that the aggregators are accountable and responsible for the operations executed by them.

According to the Ministry, this would enable the government to achieve its goal of ensuring maximisation of using public transport, reduced fuel consumption consequently reducing the import bill, reduced vehicular pollution thereby reduced harm to human health.

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has been amended by the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 to include the definition of the term ‘aggregator’. “Prior to the amendment the regulation of Aggregator was not available,” the ministry said.

The proposed guidelines aim to ensure eligibility conditions or qualifications for an entity to be an aggregator.

The Ministry has exempted the electric vehicles and vehicles running on Ethanol or Methanol from the requirements of permit. The state governments to facilitate operations of such vehicles.

The proposed guidelines will ensure regulation of aggregators, eligibility conditions/qualifications for of an entity to be an aggregator, compliances with regard to vehicles and drivers, compliances with regard to Aggregator App and Website, manner of fare regulation, evolving concepts like pooling and ride-sharing in private cars and license fees/security deposit and powers that the State Governments among others.

In a communication to all the States and Union Territories today, the Ministry has stressed upon implementing these guidelines.

The other objectives of issuing these guidelines also aims to provide ease of doing business, customer safety and driver welfare.

In order to ensure compliance with the license requirements the Act stipulates penalties under Section 93 of the Act.

The business shall also be considered as a service provided by the aggregators to serve the larger public interest in terms of generation of employment, commutation facilities to the public which is cost effective and comfortable.