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No need for licence, RC, and helmet: how Benling is sidestepping the Motor Vehicles Act

Despite stringent road-safety norms, the Chinese electric two-wheeler company is exploiting loopholes and a lack of clarity in some sections of the new Motor Vehicles Act to its advantage. How does the company manage to do it?
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5 Dec 2019 6 Mins Read 1 comments
A Benling showroom in Bengaluru; photo by Rajiv Ghosh
A Benling showroom in Bengaluru; photo by Rajiv Ghosh
What will be your reaction when offered a two-wheeler for which you don’t need a driving licence and insurance? And the vehicle doesn’t need registration, and you don’t even have to wear a helmet while riding it. Sounds unreal? But it’s true. The Bengaluru-based auto company, Eco-Electric, which has tied up with Chinese firm Benling to sell electric two-wheelers,
cases was low as the second-schedule amount in injury cases was not that high. Under the new act, the minimum liability in grievous hurt cases becomes INR2.5 lakh, which may attract more fraudulent cases. This may not be in the interest of insurance companies, especially those dealing with two-wheelers in the rural areas. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
What will be your reaction when offered a two-wheeler for which you don’t need a driving licence and insurance? And the vehicle doesn’t need registration, and you don’t even have to wear a helmet while riding it. Sounds unreal? But it’s true. The Bengaluru-based auto company, Eco-Electric, which has tied up with Chinese firm Benling to sell electric two-wheelers, cases was low as the second-schedule amount in injury cases was not that high. Under the new act, the minimum liability in grievous hurt cases becomes INR2.5 lakh, which may attract more fraudulent cases. This may not be in the interest of insurance companies, especially those dealing with two-wheelers in the rural areas. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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