Have you ever dreamt of being your own boss, navigating the vibrant streets of Kanpur, and contributing to a cleaner city? If so, then becoming an electric rickshaw driver might be the perfect opportunity for you! E-rickshaws are not only eco-friendly and cost-effective, but they also offer a chance to build a successful business. 

However, before hitting the road, securing a battery rickshaw permit is crucial. JMT Vehicles understands the importance of a smooth transition, and this comprehensive guide will equip you with all the information you need to obtain your permit and embark on your exciting battery rickshaw journey in Kanpur.

No Permit Required for E Rickshaws

There’s been a recent change in regulations. As of March 2017, e-rickshaws and e-carts in Uttar Pradesh(UP) no longer require separate permits. Instead, they need to be registered  with the local transport department and drivers must possess a valid driving license. This simplifies the process significantly, but there are still some steps involved to ensure you’re operating legally.

Steps to Get An E Rickshaw Registered And Get Licensed

Here’s a breakdown of the key steps involved:

A. Gear Up with the Essential Documents

Before diving into the application process, ensure you have the necessary documents in order. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Age Proof

A document like your Aadhaar card or PAN card to verify you’re at least 18 years old.

  • Address Proof

This could be your voter ID card, electricity bill, or water bill with your current Kanpur address.

  • Passport-size Photographs

Two recent passport-sized photographs for the application form.

  • Medical Certificate

A medical certificate from a government-approved doctor verifying your fitness to drive.

B. Mastering the Learner’s License

The first step towards your driving license is acquiring a learner’s license. Here’s how to go about it:

1. Visit the RTO (Regional Transport Office)

Head to the Kanpur RTO with your documents mentioned above.

2. Fill Out the Application Form

You’ll be provided with a learner’s license application form. Fill it out carefully and accurately.

3. Appear for the Learner’s License Test

This test is computer-based and covers traffic rules and road safety regulations. You can find practice tests online or at the RTO to prepare effectively.

4. Pass the Vision Test

A basic vision test will be conducted to ensure you meet the minimum vision requirements for driving.

5. Learner’s License Fee

Pay the requisite fee for the learner’s license.

C. Conquering the Driving License Test

Once you have your learner’s license, it’s time to practice your driving skills! Here’s what comes next:

a. Driving Lessons (Optional)

While not mandatory, enrolling in driving lessons from a qualified instructor can significantly improve your driving skills and confidence.

b. Schedule the Driving Test

After a minimum period of holding your learner’s license (usually 30 days), you can schedule the driving test at the RTO.

c. The Driving Test

The driving test will assess your ability to handle the electric rickshaw safely on a designated course.

d. Driving License Fee

Upon successfully passing the test, pay the driving license fee to receive your official driving license.

D. Registering Your E-Rickshaw

With your driving license secured, it’s time to register your e-rickshaw:

a. Purchase Invoice

Keep the original purchase invoice of your JMT e rickshaw handy.

b. Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate

Obtain a valid PUC certificate from a government-approved pollution testing center.

c. Insurance Policy

Ensure you have a valid third-party insurance policy for your e-rickshaw.

E. The Final Hurdle – RTO Registration

Now, head back to the RTO with the following documents:

  • Your Driving License
  • JMT e rickshaw Purchase Invoice
  • Valid PUC Certificate
  • Third-Party Insurance Policy
  • Application Form for Registration of Electric rickshaw (available at the RTO)

Additional Tips for a Smooth Process

  • Ensure all your documents are valid and have clear copies.
  • The RTO can get crowded. Arrive early to avoid long queues.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask RTO officials for clarification if anything seems unclear.
  • Traffic regulations can change, so keep yourself informed about any recent updates.

Fees and Fines for E-Rickshaw

  • Be prepared to pay the registration fee for your e-rickshaw.
  • Familiarize yourself with any road tax applicable to e-rickshaws in Kanpur.
  • Remember, operating an electric rickshaw without a valid license and other documents can result in fines, so ensure you have everything in order.

Essential Steps to Maximize Your Passenger Auto Rickshaw Success

While the license process is crucial, there’s more to becoming a successful passenger auto rickshaw driver. Here are some additional pointers:

  • Know Your Routes

Familiarize yourself with the areas you plan to operate in. Choose routes with good traffic flow and avoid congested zones.

  • Safety First

Always prioritize the safety of your passengers and yourself. Ensure your passenger auto rickshaw is well-maintained and follows all traffic rules.

  • Be Professional

Maintain a courteous and helpful demeanor with your passengers. A positive attitude goes a long way in building a good reputation.

  • Embrace Technology

Consider using app-based services that connect passengers with e-rickshaws. This can help expand your customer base.


With your permit secured and the essential knowledge under your belt, you’re well on your way to navigating the vibrant streets and contributing to a cleaner, greener city. Remember, JMT Vehicles is here to support you throughout your journey. Feel free to visit JMT e rickshaw suppliers to explore our wide range of high-quality e-rickshaws or reach out to our team for any further assistance.