Gig workers in Delhi to be hit by new norms, says IAMAI
Mandatory panic buttons in taxis, integration with emergency response number ‘112’, and phase-wise transition to electric vehicles (EV ) are some of the highlights of the scheme.
NEW DELHI: The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on Wednesday said the implementation of Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregator and Delivery Service Provider Scheme by the city government could adversely impact the livelihoods of countless gig workers across the national capital. The scheme was approved by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last month.
Mandatory panic buttons in taxis, integration with emergency response number ‘112’, and phase-wise transition to electric vehicles (EV ) are some of the highlights of the scheme to regulate cab aggregators and delivery service providers in the national capital.
The IAMAI, a not-for-profit industry body representing the digital services industry with over 500 Indian and multinational corporations as its members, said it supports the development of the country’s electric vehicle (EV ) industry and recognises the importance of pragmatic policies that systematically target environmental issues.
“However, it is crucial to acknowledge the present realities of the EV ecosystem. The EV conversion targets prescribed in the scheme appear to be based on assumptions of ecosystem maturity rather than evidence-based research,” it said in a statement.
“It is imperative for the government to recognise that the paucity of charging stations and battery-swapping infrastructure in the capital make the scheme’s ambitious targets virtually impossible to meet,” it added. It noted that “aggressive EV transition mandates” for aggregators and delivery service providers could lead to signi f icant disrupt ions t o business activity.