Unlike Goa now you can rent a bike to explore the bounty of Uttarakhand and head on to an anonymous biking journey through the natural trails. Under the “Rent a Motor Cycle Scheme”, the State Transport Corporation Authority (STA) has granted the license to five private players on April 18, 2015. This scheme was launched by the centre in 1997. According to this scheme, the travellers can rent high-end bikes such as Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson for making your experience memorable. After listening to this many travel freaks must have already made a bucket list of where they are going to head to.
The travellers can book these bikes for short as well as long-term periods such as daily, weekly and monthly basis. This scheme is launched to give a much-needed boost to the tourism sector and for providing an easy mode of transportation to the travel junkies. In an interview with TOI, Sunita Singh, the Additional transport commissioner said that “Five applicants have been granted licenses to run the business of renting motorcycles. The licenses have been issued for Dehradun, Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Tehri. Along with boosting tourism, it will also increase the range of last-mile connectivity.”
From the past two years, rental bikes in Rishikesh have become popular among the foreigners as it is an easy, convenient and cheap way to explore the place. However, only a few of them are government approved. Sandeep Saini, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) administration, Dehradun told that “Under the scheme, two-wheelers will have a commercial registration but anyone with a private driving license will be able to drive unlike in the case of commercial vehicles for which a commercial driving license is mandatory.”
The rental bikes will be commercially registered to keep a track of the service holder. However, the rental charges haven’t been decided yet. Also, the permit holder will have to fulfil a few before starting the bike renting business. “The applicant must have minimum five motorcycles duly covered by permits issued by STA with comprehensive insurance, fitness certificates and tax paid up to date. Besides, the operator must have at least one telephone which is accessible throughout the day and night and his financial resources should be sufficient to provide for the continued maintenance of the vehicles,” said Saini.