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UT admn drops plan to have CCTVs in all cabs

Following criticism from cab operators, the UT transport department has reworked its ‘Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules 2016’ and proposed not to install CCTV cameras in the cabs. The revised proposal will be sent to UT administrator VP Singh Badnore for approval.

punjab Updated: Oct 07, 2016 11:16 IST
Monica Sharma
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In July, the transport department had proposed to install CCTV cameras inside cabs.(HT File Photo)

Following criticism from cab operators, the UT transport department has reworked its ‘Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules 2016’ and proposed not to install CCTV cameras in the cabs. The revised proposal will be sent to UT administrator VP Singh Badnore for approval.

In July, the transport department had proposed to install CCTV cameras inside cabs. The draft rules said the footage be stored for at least a month. This real-time surveillance was unacceptable to the operators.

Under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is mandatory for transport vehicles carrying more than 23 passengers to have CCTVs and a panic button, with only the latter in the vehicles having less passengers than that. The draft was based on the guidelines of the ministry of home affairs.

Last month, UT transport secretary KK Jindal had held a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the draft rules. Operators had objected to the clause then stating it would hamper the privacy of the passengers and require large amount of data and space. Most web-based operators also claimed that it was not feasible to have a panic button, but the department is going ahead with that decision.

The administration is also sticking to its decision of having identification of cabs with yellow signage sign boards of “TAXI”, in spite of strong opposition by cab operators.

The fare will be decided by Chandigarh administration.

Cab operators had also opposed the issuing of paper receipt. The claimed than an email receipt was evidence of invoice. The administration has not changed the clause. In the policy, it has been proposed for companies to constitute their own grievance redressal cell.

The central government had asked the administration to follow regulations prescribed under Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and IT Act 2000, where the applicant must not own or lease any vehicle.

The new provisions

O CCTV cameras not to be installed

O Mandatory to have a panic button that will be linked to the police control room

O Issuance of paper receipt by cab operators to passengers

O Identification of cabs with yellow signage or a board