Keeping in view the rape of a 27-year-old woman in an Uber cab in New Delhi a few days ago, the Indore regional transport office (RTO) has decided to change permit rules for plying of taxis and auto-rickshaws in the city to make them safer for women.
In a meeting with taxi association office-bearers, RTO MP Singh directed the taxi operators to install GPS-based navigation system on a compulsory basis. The RTO will not issue the permit in case the GPS system is not installed in a vehicle. A GPS system will help track the taxis in real time.
The auto-rickshaw drivers have been asked to paste their personal details such as name, address and mobile numbers on the vehicle. This will give a woman passenger the option to send the details via mobile phone to her family if she wants to do so.
A few days ago, Madhya Pradesh government had made GPS-based navigation system compulsory for all taxis operating in the state. Police verification of drivers working for car-on-rent and taxi service operators have also been made mandatory.
State transport minister Bhupendra Singh had issued directives to all RTOs to ensure the installation of GPS-based navigation systems in all cabs. The RTOs have been asked to confirm registration of all taxi operators and police verification of drivers working for them.
The government plans to include other public transport vehicles too for compulsory installation of navigation system, once GPS has been installed in the taxis. At present, the government-run 'Metro taxis' operate in the city, while two private operators Star Cab and Ola cab are also operational.