GPS, Panic Buttons Mandatory On Taxis & Buses From April 1


New Delhi: In a bid to ensure the safety of travellers, the government has made it mandatory to have Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in passenger transport vehicles including taxis and buses from April 01, 2018.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Wednesday reiterated the deadline amid reports that most of the states had not done much to meet the target.

“From 1st April 2018, the passenger transport vehicles including taxis and buses are to be mandatorily equipped with GPS devices,” tweeted the Ministry headed by Nitin Gadkari.

All taxis, buses and public transport vehicles, except three-wheelers and e-rickshaws, will have to install GPS and an alert button.

These devices will be placed by the manufacturer, dealer or the operators. The Times of India quoted sources as saying that the state transportation departments will be shouldered with the responsibilities of putting a system in place for tracking public transport vehicles.

The moment a passenger presses the alert button, the system will alert both the transport department and police control rooms for taking swift action.