The Delhi government has released a draft Motor Vehicles Aggregator scheme on January 24th. Under the policy, cab aggregators, quick commerce and other delivery and passenger transport services in New Delhi have to induct Electric Vehicles (EVs) in their fleet, cap surge pricing at designated fares, and more. The document is open for comments until the 18th of February and stakeholders can respond to the policy document by writing to the Principal Secretary-cum-commissioner (transport) of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com. Regulation of such aggregators has been an issue for many state governments with conflicts on surge pricing, licensing, and safety of female passengers. The new aggregator scheme says it is being introduced to bring aggregators in line with the Delhi government's Electric Vehicles Policy, 2020 and in a report by the Economic Times, the Principal Secretary, of Delhi's Transport department is quoted saying the new policy is based on the central government's aggregator guidelines but tweaked to 'suit the realities of Delhi'. What are the obligations delineated for aggregators? Registration of drivers, vehicles and aggregators Aggregators will have to take a license from the transport department, which will be valid for a year at a time. On-boarded drivers and their vehicles will also have to be registered on a portal to be set up by the transport department within 3 months of the enactment of the policy. The driver's license, vehicle's registration numbers and the public…
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