Vehicles yet to comply with GPS rule

Sushant Ranjan
Monday, 18 March 2019

Pune: Emergency button and vehicle tracking system has been made mandatory in passenger vehicles. 

However, even after two and a half months, there is no system to monitor its implementation. So, this system is presently useless to passengers. The Regional Transport Office (RTO) is yet to implement the system in more than 40,000 vehicles. Of those who have installed the system, most don’t know how to use it.

Pune: Emergency button and vehicle tracking system has been made mandatory in passenger vehicles. 

However, even after two and a half months, there is no system to monitor its implementation. So, this system is presently useless to passengers. The Regional Transport Office (RTO) is yet to implement the system in more than 40,000 vehicles. Of those who have installed the system, most don’t know how to use it.

In a notification issued by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on October 25, 2018, these features were made mandatory for any new vehicle starting from January 1, 2019. This includes all taxis, cabs, mini buses and trucks to install GPS enabled tracking system.
 
Installation of such a system will help prevent the misuse of permits, improve the safety of women and children and keep a check on those evading taxes.

When somebody is in distress, they can press the panic button in the vehicle, it will raise an alert for the authorities to act. The emergency situation will then be communicated to the authorities, who will zero in on the vehicle’s location using the vehicle tracking systems. A police team in the area will be notified regarding the situation through a system, but such a system is yet to be developed.

After receiving the October 25 notification, the vehicle owners started installing GPS tracking systems. As not all vehicles had the devices, the state transport department had issued a fresh notification a month ago and gave March 31, 2019, as the new deadline.

“The system is not yet installed in all vehicles. With 15 days left for the deadline, we are trying to ensure that all vehicles are equipped with the system,” said Vinod Sagre, Deputy RTO.

Safety First

  • These features were made mandatory for any new vehicle starting from January 1, 2019, after a notification by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on October 25
  • Installation of such a system will help prevent the misuse of permits, improve the safety of women and children and keep a check on those evading taxes
  • In distress a passenger can press the panic button in the vehicle and raise an alert for the authorities to act.

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