While the Vashi Regional Transport Office (RTO) plans to revive the 5,000 dead autorickshaw permits, it has laid down criteria that an applicant must fulfil before applying for the permits that would be issued via a lottery system. To ensure that the lottery system is a success, RTO officials would be seeking help from their counterparts in MHADA.
An official from the Vashi RTO said, “Through the lottery system, the selection of candidates would be random. This will give applicants an equal and fair chance to win permits.”
Deputy Regional Transport Officer Sanjay Dhaygude said applicants would have to fulfil criteria like having a badge, no criminal record, and adequate knowledge of the areas of operation, among others.
“Another important requirement is displaying women and police helpline numbers in the vehicle. We have to ensure that only after the applicants meet our criteria, their forms are accepted and considered for the lottery in November,” he added.
RTO’s 11 commandments for permit seekers
>> An applicant must have a badge
>> Must know the local language and have proper knowledgeof the area
>> Must be a domicile of the state for 15 years
>> No past criminal charges or records
>> Must be unemployed
>> Vehicle must run on CNG/LPG if available in area of operation, or else must run on petrol
>> Auto rickshaws plying to and from Mumbai must run on CNG/LPG
>> Must have an electric meter
>> The vehicle in use must be a new one
>> The applicant must be ready to install a GPS in the vehicle in the future if the law asks for it
>> Rooftop indicators to show if unoccupied/hired, identification badge of driver, female and police helpline numbers in the vehicle