The Madhya Pradesh government has made GPS installation on taxis and police verification of their drivers mandatory with effect from Thursday.
The decision has been taken following a Friday incident in Delhi in which Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav had allegedly raped a finance executive. The incident exposed the loopholes in the police verification process and safety regulations governing taxi operations.
Madhya Pradesh transport minister Bhupendra Singh said the system would gradually be extended to other public transport systems.
Officials said a formal order to this effect would be issued on Thursday. It will make it mandatory for all the taxi operators to install GPS-based navigation system in their vehicles so that the taxi movement could be tracked. The officials said relevant directives had also been issued to the regional transport officers of all the districts to ensure this effectively.
However, the officers said compiling the data of the number of taxis and cabs plying on the state roads would take some time. But, there would be strong followup checks thereafter.