No li­cence to cab driv­ers in Delhi un­til they dis­able cen­tral lock­ing

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - Sweta Goswami sweta.goswami@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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