Electric rickshaws banned from 11 routes in Lucknow due to pollution and traffic problems: report


Residents of the city have reportedly filed numerous complaints against e-rickshaws for improper parking and causing traffic jams on the roads.

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Electric rickshaws are banned in Lucknow due to congestion and pollution concerns.

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) has banned the operation of electric rickshaws on 11 routes in the city, citing air pollution as one of the reasons. Lucknow Commissioner DK Thakur has reportedly signed a notice calling for electric rickshaws to stop running on 11 roads across the city, including Hazratganj, Gomtinagar and Alambagh. The notification says the move was necessary to combat air pollution, traffic congestion, public safety and citizen comfort.

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“To improve traffic management in the City of Lucknow, it has been decided to revise the guidelines using the provisions of Section 15 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and Section 178 of the Rules 1998 on motor vehicles in Uttar Pradesh, for the circulation of electric rickshaws on 11 routes in the city,” the notifications read.

The ban came into effect on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

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Although it is strange that an electric vehicle is blamed for air pollution, the likely reason could be the greater concerted emissions caused by traffic jams in a locality.

According to reports, residents of the city have reported numerous complaints over the past few months regarding random parking of electric rickshaws, problems stopping in the middle of the road to pick up passengers, among others. This is probably the reason for the latest restrictions on electric rickshaw operations in the city.

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It is not the first time that restrictions have been imposed on the circulation of electric rickshaws in the city. In 2018, e-rickshaws were banned on 36 routes across the city with restrictions imposed on 10 others.


With ETAuto inputs.

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