Delhi Govt’s draft aggregators’ rules make EV adoption mandatory, caps surge pricing too

Delhi govt has issued draft guidelines to regulate the transportation activities of tech aggregators. The draft scheme will cover various tech startups ranging from food delivery to mobility and ecommerce. Under the new scheme, all tech aggregators will have to apply for a license to ply on Delhi roads. The move aims to bring transparency in pricing and ensure adequate customer service in the sector.

Electrification of the fleet has been given heavy importance in these new draft rules. The tech aggregators will have to electrify 10% of their new two-wheeler and three-wheeler fleet within 6 months of being granted license. The target will subsequently increase to 25% in the next 6 months and finally, the aggregators will have to electrify 50% of their fleet within 2 years of being granted the license.

On the same lines, the target for adoption of EVs in the new four-wheeler fleet has been set at 5% within 6 months from the date of granting of license. The target will increase to 15% in the next month and subsequently, 25% of the new four-wheeler additions in the tech aggregators’ fleet will have to be 25% by the end of 2 years.

The tech aggregators have been told to mandatorily onboard electric vehicles. The draft norms mention strict penalty for those aggregators flouting the norms. Those violating the targets could face severe consequences, including a fine of INR 1,000 per vehicle per day till it complies with the order. The aggregators could also face suspension of the license if they fail to meet their targets.

The draft guidelines also envisage license fees based on the fuel composition of the fleet onboarded by the tech aggregator. EVs have been given rebate in this regard while petrol-based two-wheelers will invite INR 250 per vehicle. Similarly, a petrol-run three wheeler will invite a license fee between INR 800-1000. For petrol run cars, a license fee of INR 650-1000 will be chargeable per vehicle.

The draft guidelines also envisage license fees based on the fuel composition of the fleet onboarded by the tech aggregator. The draft norms also specify security deposits for aggregators. Companies with upto 1,000 vehicles will have to pay INR 1 Lakhs as deposit while for aggregators having vehicles between 1,000 and 5,000 will have to shell out INR 2.5 Lakhs. Similarly, onboarding vehicles between 5,000 and 10,000 will entail a deposit of INR 5 Lakhs and aggregators with more than 10,000 vehicle fleet will have to pay INR 10 Lakhs as security deposit.

The draft guidelines have also cracked the whip on tech aggregators over surge pricing. The draft rules allow aggregators to surcharge consumers but have capped the ‘surge pricing’ at twice the base fare.

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