Traffic police challan 1,600 cabs in last two days; total 8,000 this year

Delhi traffic police officers claimed that they have never gone soft on public service vehicles plying without permits. 

According to Anil Shukla, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), about 600 cabs were challaned on Monday and 800 on Tuesday. Otherwise, through this entire year, about 8,000 cabs were challaned, Shukla told Deccan Herald.

He claimed that no “special drive” against cab drivers or other PSVs have been initiated in response to allegations against Uber Cabs that they were flouting certain norms. Instead, he claimed that Delhi traffic police have been regularly challaning PSVs plying on roads without necessary permits.

Altogether 37,097 PSVs, including the 8,000 cabs, have been fined this year, he said. These include about 22,000 autorickshaws, 3,000 buses and as many Gramin Seva vehicles.

Meanwhile, members of the Association of Radio Taxis, that represents the licensed radio taxi operators in the country, said they have certain safety norms in mind which all these operators have agreed to adopt.

These, they said, were apart from those already laid down by the government.The geo-fencing of cabs that will alert the service provider’s call centre as soon as the vehicle deviates from the route decided while booking.

“In that case, the driver would be called to know why he deviated. If he doesn’t reply, the call centre would ring up the passenger to enquire if everything is fine,” Rajeev Vij, Managing Director of Easy Cabs, told Deccan Herald.

Vij is the founder member of Association of Radio Taxis that also addressed the media on Tuesday to dismiss concerns related to safety of passengers in cabs provided by licenced radio taxi operators.

The second suggestion was to have female passengers receive phone calls during the journey in case she is travelling alone.

“The objective would be to know if the woman is fine and to keep the driver informed that the vehicle’s movement is being monitored,” said Vij. Police would be immediately contacted and given the cab’s GPS location in case of any suspicious activity.

He claimed that the first two steps were already being followed by his company and some others.

“We have discussed these with several other operators across the country and they have agreed to implement the process,” he said.

Another safety aspect these operators would work on is the possibility of installing easily accessible distress button for passengers in the cabs. The operators are contacting their technology partners to see its feasibility.

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