The Haryana government has issued revised guidelines for the operation of mobile-app based taxi aggregators such as Uber & Ola, auto rickshaws and three-wheeler taxis in the state. The new guidelines allow plying of taxi and cab aggregators with a maximum of two passengers, besides the driver. However, only essential activities will be permitted in the containment zones and hence the movement within these areas will be strictly monitored. The state guidelines are in accordance with the Union Government's #Unlock1 guidelines.
"For auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws, two persons in addition to the driver are allowed. Likewise, the one pillion rider will be allowed on a two-wheeler. It shall be mandatory for both the persons to wear helmets, masks and gloves. The manually driven rickshaws shall carry not more than two passengers," said official spokesperson of the Transport Department. "There will be a maximum of three persons in the vehicle. The Maxi Cabs can ply with a maximum of half of their seating capacity," added the official spokesperson. The installation of Aarogya Setu application on Smartphones has been made mandatory for all the citizens. In addition, they need to regularly update their health status on the app.
The state government order further read that people who are above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and the children below the age of 10 years should stay at home and only go out for essential and health purposes. The night curfew will remain imposed between 9 pm to 5 am with zero mobility allowed except for essential activities. The guidelines advised that motor vehicle owners should carry out regular sanitisation while the drivers and passengers should also regularly use hand sanitisers. The individuals must maintain social distancing all the time with hand wash and sanitisers being made available at all the taxi and auto stands.