Delhi Government notifies City Taxi Scheme
The Aam Aadmi Party lead Delhi Government has come up with a new scheme to cater to the connectivity needs of Delhiites. The state government has recently notified of launching Çity Taxi Scheme’ that would make it mandatory for all taxis and commercial vehicles to install digital fare meters and GPS devices.
The new move comes from the government after it had merged Economy Radio Taxi Scheme, 2010 and Radio Taxi Scheme 2006, as reported by a senior government official. As per the scheme, any motor vehicle driving commercially in Delhi would have the following installed within them and would be monitored by the transport department:
Features of City Taxi Scheme
- A valid fitness certificate issued by the concerned transport department
- The vehicle should be run either LPG or CNG, as a part of clean fuel
- The vehicle should have an engine capacity of more than 600 CC
- The vehicle should have a sitting capacity of seven or lesser people including the driver
- The taxi should be fitted with GPRS or GPS tracking devices
- A mobile printer would be installed in all the taxies
- A display panel to be installed in all vehicles that would show the total distance covered and the path travelled
- There should be a central control room of the license when taxi is running on hire
- The taxis would be installed with a panic button or a hooter that would ensure self defence for the commuters
- The taxis would be installed with an LCD display panel on top of its roof that is visible from both front and the rear. This would also comprise of a green and a red indicator
- The color of all the commercial taxis would be all white with a colored strip running across that would display the name of the licensee and their contact numbers along with complete registered address
All of these measures are aimed at ensuring a safe commuting experience for the travelers as well as to ensure a secure environment to control crime rates in the city. The scheme has formally been announced by the transport minister Gopal Rai, which would issue licenses to only vehicles who have a 600 CC or more power engine.
The initiative has been taken in reaction to the many rape cases reported by commuters, which have particularly taken place in the national capital region in the last few years. One of the prominent cases of rape registered has been the molestation of a 27 year executive by an Uber Cab driver.
With this scheme, the government would make the licensee of the taxi responsible for hiring quality drivers and ensuring that the drivers adhere to basic safety and service norms for their commuters. This way, a database would be available to the transport and police department about the drivers being hired by the licensees.
In all, this is a great initiative if Delhi Government is able to make the details of the scheme practically implementable and help the taxi crime rate of NCR region lower down significantly. The scheme would have a direct impact on the overall commuting experience.
Private Auto and Taxi drivers are on strike today ie September 2 2015 due to this scheme.