Government eases norms for licenses for e-rickshaw drivers

The new rules provide that e-rickshaw will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kg luggage while e-carts would transport goods up to 310 kg


The Indian government on Friday approved relaxation in norms for e-rickshaw drivers, paving the way for the battery-operated vehicles to ply on national capital roads, which were banned by the Delhi High Court on safety concerns.


"Cabinet has approved relaxation in norms for driving licences for e-rickshaw drivers," a source said after the Cabinet meeting.


"The norms have been relaxed for issuing licences for e-rickshaw drivers. The provision that no person shall be granted a learner's licence to drive a commercial vehicle unless he or she has held a driving licence for light motor vehicle for at least one year has been waived," another source said.


E-rickshaw is a legal entity and any driver passing the driving test would now be granted a licence, he added.


The government in October had notified the rules for plying of e-rickshaws making driver's licence mandatory for operating them and limiting the maximum speed to 25 km per hour.


The government had notified the Central Motor Vehicles (Sixteenth Amendment) Rules, 2014, which paves the way for plying of 'special purpose battery operated vehicles'.


The new rules provide that e-rickshaw will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kg luggage while e-carts would transport goods up to 310 kg.


The Delhi High Court had on 31st July banned plying of e-rickshaws on the roads of the national capital saying 'prima facie they are a hazard to other traffic as well as citizens'.


The rules define E-rickshaw as a special purpose battery operated vehicle 'having three wheels and intended to provide last mile connectivity for transport of passengers for hire or reward'.


These vehicles are "constructed or adapted to carry not more than four passengers, excluding the driver, and not more than 40 kgs luggage in total; the net power of its motor is not more than 2,000 W and the maximum speed of the vehicle is not more than 25 kilometre per hour".


"Every driving licence issued or renewed by a licensing authority to drive an e-rickshaw or e-cart shall be valid for a period of not more than three years from the date of issue, as the case may be, or till the validity of the driving licence, whichever is earlier," the notification has said.


Last month Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said the government was serious about resumption of battery- operated vehicles on Delhi roads.


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'Breaking Medicare' with a Back Brace?

Reader alerts others to companies that potentially "break" Medicare by overcharging for medical products


Curious how much money Medicare coughed up for a back brace he ordered from CarePoint Medical after seeing a commercial for it on TV, a reader we’ll call Ray phoned its makers and inquired about the cost.

“I almost had a stroke,” Ray said of the moment when CarePoint Medical told him the product — Tri-Mod System Plus — cost $1,000. He said the price had not been disclosed at any point during the ordering process.

After finding comparable back braces for less than $200 on the Internet, Ray said he sent back the Tri-Mod System Plus brace (pictured right) before Medicare paid for the product.


Now, he says he wants to alert others to companies that potentially “break” Medicare by overcharging for medical products. “Always get prices even if its free,” Ray wrote in an email to

When called CarePoint Medical at the same number Ray first dialed, a representative promptly asked us for our name and insurance information.

“It’s an insurance-covered item,” the representative said in response to an inquiry about costs. After further questioning, though, he said the Tri-Mod System Plus could be purchased “out-of-pocket” for $1,300.

CarePoint Medical does not list the prices of any of its back braces on its website. The online checkout process asks users to fill out personal and insurance information without any indication of how much Medicare might end up paying for the product.

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“Do you know that Medicare and most insurances can provide coverage for something that really works? We’ll call your doctor to prequalify your Medicare or insurance coverage so they’ll be little or no cost to you.”

But there is a price someone has to pay and it’s costly with this product.

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3 years ago

The reason providers bill the amount that they bill is because the insurance companies issue a fee schedule that consists of a set rate of reimbursement for specific items.

If the customer would be made aware of this, instead of always assuming the provider is the one in the wrong, then the word fraud wouldn't be thrown around so freely and it would really apply when it needed to.

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