Central Government: All public transport vehicles must have GPS by Feb 20, 2014

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways set a deadline for public transport vehicles running in major cities with a population of over 10 lakh to install GPS devices by February 20, 2014. The Union government has directed all state governments to follow the guidelines.
All the owners of public service vehicles are required to get Global Positioning System (GPS) installed in their vehicles by February 20. Those who fail to install, then the necessary action shall be taken against the defaulters.
Under the Nirbhaya Fund for women safety, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved Rs 1,405-crore project to track and monitor public transport and provide alarm buttons for alerting authorities.
The project:

  • Involves setting up of closed circuit television (CCTVs) and using GPS to ensure safety and security of women and girls in distress.
  • Will be implemented within two years after allocation of funds to set up a National Level Vehicle Security and Tracking System and City Command and Control Centre with installation of GPS, CCTV in public road transport.

Note: Earlier, the Road Ministry set the deadline for passenger vehicle owners to install these devices by September 30, 2013.



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