Bike taxis are likely to return to Bengaluru roads soon. The government is considering allowing operation of bike taxis and car pooling in the state by amending the Motor Vehicles Act.
The government has constituted a high-level committee under the transport commissioner to work out the modalities and legal aspects before bike taxis can be rolled out. The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday.
“The panel has taken stock of the matter. Preliminary discussions were held on the modalities, including the legal hurdles that need to be overcome,” said a senior official from the transport department. The committee is expected to submit
its report in 3-4 weeks. The move has twin objectives — to make people shift to shared mobility and reduce pressure on city roads, the official added.
As of now, under Section 2 (31) of the Motor Vehicles Act, car or bike pooling by non-transport (private) vehicles is not allowed on two counts. The vehicles don’t possess licences or permits needed to ferry people for a price. Secondly, there’s no insurance coverage for passengers, which makes the service illegal.
Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy recently submitted a report to the government detailing legal issues that could arise in rolling out bike taxis and how they could be addressed. In fact, the government’s decision to set up the committee was prompted by the report.