Vehicle Tracking System and Panic Buttons in Public transports from January 01, 2019

The recent transport ministry notification states that the central government believes it is important and beneficial for the public interest that all public serving vehicles must be equipped with standard vehicle location tracking devices and emergency buttons. The ministry of road transport and the highway has made this mandatory that vehicle location tracking (VLT) and emergency panic buttons have to be installed in all public transport except auto rickshaw and e-rickshaw. They will do this in all vehicles registered on or after January 1, 2019.

This motor vehicles order,2018(Vehicle Location Tracking Device and Emergency Button) will be applicable to all public service vehicles specified under the Central motor vehicle rules,1989. They have given exemption from this mandatory installation to all public vehicles that have been registered up to December 31, 2018. Once the time of this exemption expires, then the respective state government will notify the date for compliance for requirements.

As stated by Priyank Bharti-joint secretary, ministry of road transport and highways, “Vehicle tracking system in passenger vehicles will be made mandatory from 1st of January 2019. The notification has been sent for publishing and has come into effect today (Wednesday). The notification will be issued for all new commercial vehicles and, for older vehicles, state governments may notify and it will be implementation-based,” Central Government has supported the latest transport ministry notification by saying it is necessary and expedient in public interest to notify standards regarding equipping or fitment of vehicle location tracking devices and emergency buttons in all public service vehicles.

The Ministry of road and transport has conveyed through the spokesperson that “The vehicle location tracking device manufacturers would help provide the back-end services for monitoring. The states can notify the date of implementation of vehicle location tracking and emergency button for older vehicles registered up to December 31, 2018. This is a regulation for the safety of passengers, especially women. The ministry has also notified the operational procedure for implementation of vehicle location tracking cum emergency buttons”.This comes after the transport ministry notified draft amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules in July this year, making FASTags and vehicle tracking system devices mandatory for all commercial vehicles getting national permits.

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