The Delhi government has ordered all taxi operators to install GPS devices in their vehicles, failing which fitness certificates will not be issued to them.
According to a senior government official, the decision will be applicable and be enforced on all types of taxis, including radio taxis and the black-and-yellow cabs
The government’s decision comes months after a 25-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a driver enlisted with the US-based cab service, Uber, in December last year inside a taxi in which GPS was not installed.
“We want to ensure women safety in all public taxis due to which we have directed all operators, including those of black-and-yellow cabs, to install GPS devices,” the official said, adding the transport department will issue fitness certificates to taxi operators only after checking if or not the device had been installed.
The Delhi Taxis’ Union has, however, threatened to launch a series of protests if the government did not withdraw its decision immediately.