Permits of taxis, autos with no GPS to be cancelled


Monitoring facility to be shifted back to Transport Dept HQ

The Transport Department has decided that it will cancel permits of passenger-carrying vehicles such as taxis and auto-rickshaws if they are found plying with defunct or no Global Positioning System (GPS), sources said on Friday.

Safety concerns

The Department has also decided to relocate a facility tasked with monitoring GPS feeds from such vehicles from Kashmere Gate to its headquarters at Under Hill Road, said a source.

The decisions come a day after the High Court came down heavily on the Centre and the Delhi government over safety concerns in modes of transport.

“It has been decided that stringent and immediate actions, including penal measures, will be taken against passenger-carrying vehicles that have a defunct or no GPS,” said the source.

“The Department has also decided to scale up its monitoring capabilities [for such vehicles] by shifting the facility to the HQ as it is relatively more well-equipped for the task,” the source added.

‘Gross violations’

On Thursday, a Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal had taken cognisance of an incident of sexual assault reported from near the Red Fort on September 12. A taxi driver had raped a woman after offering to drop her off at a nearby bus stand.

The Bench, also comprising Justice C. Hari Shankar, said the incident “points out that enforcement agencies, the Delhi Police and the traffic police are unable to check gross violation of law by taxi drivers in Delhi, resulting in serious crimes including sexual violence against passengers”.

The Bench had directed the Centre, the Delhi government, the police and the Transport Departments of both the Centre and the city to file responses on the non-enforcement of laws and rules that were being violated by taxi drivers, by September 20.

In March 2015, the Delhi government had decided not to issue fitness certificate to taxis that did not have a GPS, after a 25-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a driver enlisted with a web-based cab service.

The vehicle aboard which the incident took place did not have a GPS.

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