November 21: Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has set new criteria that allow electric vehicles to provide public transportation service for the first time. With this, even the electric vehicles can register for taxi service whenever the department opens registration for new taxis. The new criteria also forbids four wheelers having less than 1200 cc to operate taxi service.
The department is all set to implement the new criteria from Friday, November 22.
“We will implement the new criteria from Friday,” said Gogan Bahadur Hamal, director general of the DoTM.
According to him, the vehicles operating in Kathmandu valley need to have eco-friendly features.
At present, around 9000 taxis are being operating in the capital. The government had stopped registration of new taxis since 2000 but had added 3,350 new taxis in 2015.
Currently, taxi drivers are compelled to buy the number plate of an old vehicle which is not in use if he wants to run a new taxi. They are forced to buy the number plate at a cost ranging from Rs 1 million to Rs 1.15 million.