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Old 14th September 2015, 12:18   #1
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Default Delhi government launches 'rent-a-bike' scheme

The Government of Delhi has launched a motorcycle rental scheme under which, it will issue licenses to firms or vendors of two-wheelers, permitting them to rent out bikes to individuals for temporary periods.

The vendor will need an office-space and a minimum of five commercially registered motorcycles to start a motorcycle rental business. All bikes have to be equipped with a GPS system. The vendor is also required to submit a character verification certificate of himself as well as the people working under him. Until these conditions are met, the vendor will not get a licence for the business. The licence will be valid for a period of 5 years.

Bikes can be rented out to local residents as well as tourists. An individuals looking to hire a bike will have to submit his or her licence as well as proof of address. The vendor has to maintain these records for a period of one year.

Bikes will be available on rent at metro stations, inter state Bus terminals and railway stations among other places in Delhi.

After motorcycle rentals, the government is also planning to introduce a two-wheeler taxi service. Under this system, the bike comes with a rider and the individual who has hired the vehicle sits pillion.

At present, motorcycle rentals and taxis are available in Goa. With the introduction of the services in Delhi, the government is trying to improve last mile connectivity in the area.

Source: The Hindu, Financial Express, The Asian Age

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My view on this is - If improving the last mile connectivity is the reason - I do not see how it will be effectively achieved. A person gets down at railway station, takes the bike for rent and leaves. Now, the bike will be collected at next bus station etc, right? Or should the renter come back to return it??
If this system has to be effective, it should be very efficient.
e.g - A person arrives at railway station. He goes to a bike rental in the railway station, swipes something like a city travel card in the bike, and starts moving (no questions should be asked, where, when). Until he returns the bike at any nearby spot, the amount continues to be deducted from the card. And once returned, he goes free to catch next transport, or walks. No deposits, no paperwork should be there.
How is it feasible for someone to provide xerox copies of DL and address proof on a frequent basis whenever he wants the last mile connectivity within the city?

Another view - this is best implemented with bicycle, by making roads bicycle-friendly. No need to start a scheme for giving a second life to motorcycles (as the vendors would most likely use, a used cheap polluting motorcycle)
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