The Delhi State transport department will go ahead with the installation of GPS in the city’s autorickshaws, starting from from May 1 this year. The installation of GPS in the autorickshaw has been under protest from the trade union and associations, marked with the public service being disrupted due to autorickshaws going off the road last week
According to RK Verma, Delhi Transport Commissioner the annual fitness certificate will only be issued to auto-rickshaws having GPS device. He said, “It is now mandatory for each auto-rickshaw to have the GPS instrument. We have added new clauses dealing with GPS instrument in permit conditions for auto-rickshaws. We will not issue fitness certificate to these vehicles unless they have this instrument installed. Failing to have GPS can also lead to cancellation of permit”.
Once operational, the passengers will be able to call an auto-rickshaw by making a phone call once the system is installed in all vehicles. “We are setting up a call centre, which will keep track of the movement of each auto-rickshaw through GPS. There will also be a two-way communication system between the auto-rickshaw and the call centre,” Verma said.
The installation of GPS in all 55,000 autorickshaw is to completed by June 2011.