Govt mulls ban on commercial use of private two wheelers
Abdul Wahab Khan | NT
PANAJI: The transport department is considering prohibiting private two wheelers from being used for commercial purpose by hotels, cafeterias, pizza outlets and online retailers for home delivery.
Using a two-wheeler with a white board for commercial operations is illegal as per the Motor Vehicles Act 1989. Motorbikes are private non-transport vehicles, which are only meant to ferry people. The owner cannot charge money by renting out the bike or use it to transport goods.
Under section 66 (1) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the owner of the vehicle is prohibited from using private vehicle as public transport vehicle in any public place without a permit. The violation makes him liable for punishment under section 192 (1) with a fine which may extend to Rs 5,000, the department officials said.
Delivery boys zipping across streets hauling heavy backpacks or with large boxes fitted on their motorcycle chassis is a common sight in the city for long.
The movement of such vehicles is now under the scanner of the Regional Transport Office.
RTO has already started crackdown on the delivery bikes fitted with big dickeys to accommodate binges. While the crackdown has been launched against delivery bikes of foods suppliers, there is no action against the illegal practice used by e-retailers, said an official.
The Road Transport Office of Nagpur and Bengaluru have already put a stop to use of private two wheelers for commercial purpose.
It has been observed by the RTO officials that the height of the bags often exceeds the height of the delivery executives which carries the risk of the rider losing balance and coming on the way of other road users.
According to RTO officials, as of now there is no specific class of registration for two-wheelers used for commercial purposes to deliver goods. “The department will soon notify a separate class of registration for commercial use of two-wheelers to deliver goods and also specify the size of box required for carrying goods”, the official said.
“We will tackle the use of privately registered two-wheelers for commercial purposes in the manner deemed fit. Most delivery men own bikes and would, therefore, directly be responsible for paying fines and
having the bike confiscated and putting fines can come in way of their self employment,” the official said.
“If they don’t get their bikes back and if they are not able to pay fine, they will lose their livelihood”, the official said adding that the issue has to be looked into on humanitarian grounds.
The starting salaries of bike delivery executives range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000, depending on their experience and ownership of a vehicle. Having a bike has been made mandatory by most companies, which don’t have their own fleet of vehicles.