Bengaluru: DULT to issue permits to bicycle, micro mobility operators | Bengaluru News – Times of India


The PBS system covers bicycles /or pedal assisted e-bicycles without throttle whereas the SMMS covers the electric mopeds (e-mopeds) and / or e-bicycles with throttle.

BENGALURU: The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) on Tuesday issued a notification to issue permits to set up and operate Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) and Shared Micro Mobility System (SMMS) in Bengaluru.
In October 2018, DULT introduced a permit system for dockless PBS in Bengaluru.
“Though permits were given to four operators to operate 4,300 cycles in the Phase-I cluster comprising areas like HSR Layout, Vidhana Soudha etc.. Only one operator is currently operating the system with the sanctioned strength of 2,300 cycles in parts of the cluster” said a DULT notification.
“As the previous notification for grant of permit was limited to selected clusters and was a one time activity, currently there is no scheme for new operators to apply for and obtain permits for PBS System. Further, recent introduction of new devices like pedal assisted e-bicycles without throttle, electric mopeds (e-mopeds) and e-bicycles with throttle has also necessitated this update,” it said.
The PBS system covers bicycles /or pedal assisted e-bicycles without throttle whereas the SMMS covers the electric mopeds (e-mopeds) and / or e-bicycles with throttle.
“The objective of the scheme is to encourage the use of PBS systems and SMMS to provide first and last mile connectivity to public transport and for short distance journeys,” it said.
“Operator should provide at least a fleet strength of 500. In case the operator applies for both PBS and SMMS, the minimum fleet strength will be 1,000,” it adds.

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