The State transport department will cancel the permits and licences of private transport operators, including those of autorickshaws and omni buses, against whom complaints are registered repeatedly, sources said.
Many passengers, mainly women, often complain of private operators demanding high fares, using abusive language and harassing them. In order to track such offenders, the transport department will make it mandatory for all new private transport vehicles to install a GPS tracking system before they get their permits.
“Autorickshaws will have GPS-fitted meters in the coming year. They can be monitored from a control room that will be set up,” said a senior official. The transport department will also instruct all private transport operators to paint their permit numbers and other details prominently on their vehicles.
In a move aimed at enhancing safety of women passengers, the department also plans to encourage more women to operate omni buses and autorickshaws.
“We are also inviting women commuters to share the problems they face while using public transport and their suggestions to solve them. They can mail to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. We are planning to meet women’s rights activists in January to understand their demands,” said the official.
“A committee comprising officials of government departments including the traffic police, education department and transport corporations will be formed to decide how the suggestions can be implemented,” said a senior department official.
V. Geetha, a women’s rights activist said, “Enforcement on private transport systems like omni buses should be tightened. Committees should be formed to take such decisions,” she said.