No licence to cab drivers in Delhi until they disable central locking
NEWDELHI:The Delhi government is going to prohibit taxi drivers from using the central locking system to ensure safety of passengers.
According to the draft City Taxi Rules, 2017, being prepared by the transport department, licences will be issued only to those drivers who have disabled the central locking system of their cab.
“This is being considered under the new taxi rules for ensuring safety of women and children,” said KK Dahiya, special commissioner (transport).
He said questions have been raised about safety of a child while the cab is on the move but the department has found that the instances of children travelling in a cab alone were limited.
“Primarily, children travel with an adult. Disabling central locks would help a passenger get out of a cab during emergency situations,” Dahiya said.
Earlier this month, the state transport authority had passed an order on child locks in cabs. The STA made it mandatory for all drivers in the city to paste a minimum of four stickers on every cab asking passengers to disable its child lock before starting the journey.
According to the order, cabs in Delhi will get permits only if drivers put the stickers which inform passengers about the car’s child lock system.
Under the City Taxi Rules, 2017, the Delhi government also plans to put an end to surge pricing by app-based cab aggregators. Instead, it plans that cab companies may be allowed to charge some extra amount above the base price, but it would be fixed and strictly enforced.
Besides, to track all cabs plying on city roads, building a 24X7 control room is also being planned. Officials will monitor the movement of all app-based cabs operating in the Capital from the control room.
For this, the government will make it mandatory for all cab aggregators to give details of each of its drivers and the taxis they drive. “All drivers of private cabs will have to register with the government with which the transport department will create a database on information of drivers and vehicles,” an official said.