Venice”s gondolas to get GPS and number plates

Venice”s gondolas to get GPS and number plates


Venice: Two months after a German tourist was killed when the gondola carrying him and his family collided with a vaporetto waterbus, the boats are set to get a major revamp as part of a plan to reduce traffic along Venice”s clogged waterways.

From November onwards each vessel will be fitted out with a GPS tracking device, an external number plate and reflectors to make identification easier.

Along with the forty CCTV cameras already in place between San Marco and Ferrovia, such measures will make identification of rule breakers much easier.

“Gondoliers will also have to have an identity card. The GPS will serve to control speed, but also to leave a trace of the journey they have carried out,” said Ugo Bergamo, the city’s transport councillor.

Source: The Local