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GPS to Be Made Mandatory in Cabs on Indian City Roads

Friday February 13, 2015


Another city in India goes the GPS way!

The district police of Sangam City, Allahabad, India has made GPS mandatory for all cabs in the city. This decision was made in the wake of the recent Delhi case, where a woman was raped by a cab driver.

Sangam city is an important tourist spot, where the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Therefore, lots of pilgrims and tourists flock to the city every year. There are about 700-800 cabs in the city and the official have asked all cab and taxi owners to get GPS fitted for safety and security reasons.

Haryana is another city that went the GPS way recently, where the Haryana Police has made it mandatory for safe commute of passengers, especially women.

Available at a cost of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000, GPS connects the cab owners to the vehicle via mobile phones and enables them to locate the cabs. This can be of great help at times of emergency or vehicle theft.

It’s just not for cabs that GPS has been made mandatory. Many cities in India have made GPS mandatory in public transport buses and school buses as well. It was months ago that CBSE had made it mandatory that all school buses must be fitted with GPS trackers. There are many software and apps such as the School Bus Tracker App by Edsys available in the market that the schools can use to ensure safety of students.

People seems to be divided about this move. It might be due to misconceptions about GPS technology in general or there might be shortcomings.

So, do you think the move to make GPS mandatory a positive one? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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