India: The capital region of India is all set to mandate the cabs to have GPS devices installed, and tracking enabled within a fortnight. The move comes in the wake of the rape of a 27-year-old finance company employee by the driver of the cab she had hired in Gurgaon to travel home in Delhi last Friday .
According to an article published on Times of India, Gurgaon Traffic Police directed all Station House Officers (SHOs) to verify every taxi stand owner and drivers in their respective areas on priority basis. Police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said all operators will be asked to do background checks of their drivers, focusing especially on their criminal past if any , and ensure that all cabs are fitted with a GPS.
“We've issued standing orders to cab owners and employers to verify their drivers' antecedents and character, and fit a GPS inside the cabs, which they must monitor. Drivers have been asked to write their phone numbers on the cab body ,“ the police commissioner told TOI.
In the city of Noida, “Taxi service providers have been asked to comply by next Monday . Taxis must display details of the driver, his mobile number and address,“ said SP (traffic) Rajiv Narayan Mishra.
Source: Times of India