Delhi Govt EV conversion timelines to hit gig workers: IAMAI
Date: 28 Jun 2023
Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) expressed concern over the
recently released Delhi Motor Vehicle Aggregator and Delivery Service Provider
Scheme 2023. The scheme, if implemented as envisioned, could adversely impact the
livelihoods of countless gig workers across Delhi.
workers are defined as independent contractors, online platform workers, contract
firm workers, on-call workers, etc.
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 eco system. The EV conversion targets prescribed in the
scheme appear to be based on assumptions of ecosystem maturity rather than
evidence-based research. It is imperative the government recognise that the
paucity of charging stations and battery-swapping infrastructure in the capital
make the scheme’s ambitious targets virtually impossible to meet.
EV transition mandates for aggregators and delivery service providers could
lead to significant disruptions to business activity and livelihoods of gig
workers in the capital. In particular, the EV conversion targets prescribed
pose a significant risk to gig workers who have heavily invested their capital,
often through loans, in internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles.
Moreover, the extremely high costs associated with owning an EV make it a
commercially unfeasible option for most gig workers in the capital. The target
of 100% electrification of bike taxis operating in Delhi right from the outset
also raises serious concerns as the lack of a moratorium for bike taxis could
render numerous gig workers without work overnight.
the scheme’s provisions pertaining to consumer grievances, IAMAI urged the
government to adopt a graded approach to addressing consumer complaints based
on their urgency and nature. Regarding the scheme’s data storage requirements,
IAMAI requested the Delhi government refrain from imposing such obligations as
the storage and sharing of personal data is set to be more comprehensively
addressed by the central government through the Digital Personal Data
Protection Bill, 2022.Lastly, IAMAI recommended an escalation mechanism prior
to the imposition of penalties as it would ensure a fair and transparent
process for all stakeholders involved.