Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has given the green light to the Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregator and Delivery Service Provider Scheme 2023, which is now awaiting final approval from Lt Governor VK Saxena’s office. This move is aimed at promoting eco-friendly and sustainable transportation while enhancing the quality of transport services in Delhi.
The scheme lays the groundwork for comprehensive regulation and licensing of passenger transport aggregators and delivery service providers operating in the city. The Chief Minister’s office has confirmed that the file has been forwarded to the LG’s office for review.
Arvind Kejriwal, while approving the scheme, emphasized its historical significance and its role in Delhi’s fight against pollution. It mandates a time-bound transition to zero-emission electric vehicles for commercial vehicle fleets of aggregators, delivery service providers, and e-commerce entities.
This makes Delhi the first state/union territory in India and one of the few cities worldwide to implement such a requirement. The scheme also opens the door for the introduction of electric bike taxi services in Delhi, reflecting the government’s commitment to improving transportation services and promoting eco-friendly urban mobility.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot commended the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in pushing forward the Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregator and Delivery Service Provider Scheme 2023. This scheme is unique in India for defining targets for aggregators to transition their fleets to electric vehicles, thereby promoting sustainable and eco-friendly mobility in the city. It represents a significant step toward achieving clean and efficient transportation in Delhi while addressing pollution and improving air quality.
The scheme mandates that all aggregators, delivery service providers, and e-commerce entities in Delhi transition to electric vehicles by 2030 to combat air pollution and enhance green mobility. It also establishes strict service quality standards, covering factors like vehicle cleanliness, driver behavior, and the prompt resolution of customer complaints.
The scheme prioritizes public safety and applies to aggregators, delivery service providers, and e-commerce entities operating within the National Capital Territory of Delhi with fleets of 25 or more motor vehicles, excluding buses. Within 90 days of the scheme’s notification or before starting their operations, both current and new operators are required to secure a license. Licenses will be valid for five years, with annual fees and zero fees for electric vehicles. Additionally, a 50% rebate is offered for vehicles less than two years old.