New vehicles await clearance at RTO

Sushant Ranjan
Monday, 7 January 2019

The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MORTH) has instructed all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the country to ensure installation of a tracking device and panic button in every commercial vehicle, excluding autorickshaws, e-rickshaws and commercial two-wheelers.

Pune: The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MORTH) has instructed all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the country to ensure installation of a tracking device and panic button in every commercial vehicle, excluding autorickshaws, e-rickshaws and commercial two-wheelers.
 
However, it is not clear which department will monitor the tracking system and receive the data. Hence, there is a possibility that around 1,000 new vehicles in the city are waiting for  passing as the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) has refused to register the new vehicles that have not installed the system.

The implementation of this directive began on January 1, 2019. 

The Centre said the system is being set up for the safety and convenience of passengers, who can use the panic button during an emergency. It will be registered with the police or the municipal corporation. The vehicle will be located through the GPS.

The public transport union has asked the officials how the vehicle will be tracked if such facility is not available. in a city. “Due to the compulsion of GPS and panic button in all public transport vehicles, as many as 1,000 vehicles are waiting for passing. If the facility does not exist in Pune city, then why have they stopped the passing of these vehicles?” asked a union leader. “The government did not make any pre-arrangement for installing these facilities. The system is not available in open market. Even if it is available, we have to pay a hefty amount to install the system. If the RTO and the government ensure they will provide the facility, then why not arrange for it before the notification is issued by the MORTH?” said the union members. “Although the state has issued directives to fit the panic buttons in public transport vehicles, no guidelines on its operation and functionality have been provided. This has left the authorities in a lurch,” claimed the union members.

Maharashtra State Goods and Passengers Transport Association President Baba Shinde said, “If the government has already prepared this system, it should be made easily available to the drivers and then made compulsory. There is no compulsion for this kind of system anywhere in the world. Passengers’ vehicles are waiting for passing due to absence of machinery.”

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