New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a notification in 2016 mandating the provision of a vehicle location tracking device and one or more emergency buttons. The GPS tracking device and emergency buttons were to be installed from April 1, 2018 onwards in public service vehicles except for two-wheelers, E-rickshaw, three wheelers and any transport vehicles for which permit is not required under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
Since various States and stakeholders brought to the notice of ministry that there have been some difficulties in implementing fitment vehicle location tracking device and panic buttons due to lack of command and control centres to monitor and track the vehicles. The Ministry has therefore deferred the implementation of the fitment of VLT and emergency button till April 1, 2019.
The Ministry has mandated installation of vehicle location tracking device and emergency button for new public service vehicle under rule 125H of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 registered after January 1, 2019. Furtherall, such public service vehicles registered up to December 31, 2018, the fitment of vehicle location tracking device and one or more emergency buttons, the concerned state or union territory government may notify the date for compliance of requirements, in their respective State or Union Territory, stated the official statement.
Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Shri Mansukh L Mandavia gave this information in Lok Sabha on Friday.
Worth mentioning here is that the Jammu and Kashmir administration is also planning to equip public transport vehicles with GPS tracking from April 1, 2019. The tamper-proof GPS system will have all the details of drivers along with their photographs displayed.