The Directorate of the State Traffic Police has strictly advised that RTOs (Regional Transport Officers) that registration of all public service vehicles must be given only if the important safety features of GPS device and the emergency button facility are fitted in the vehicles as a mandatory requirement.
The directorate has informed that this new regulation would be effective from 1st April.
The Senior Officials from the State Traffic Directorate explained regarding this new regulation:
As per the strong suggestions of the central government, the public safety aspect must be given the top priority and implemented and the new procedure for registration must be followed strictly according to this priority.
Accordingly, in all the vehicles meant for public service, GPS device and the emergency button must be fitted. The vehicles without these 2 devices must not be registered on any other reasons/account. These vehicles include the vehicles used as transport for school and college students.
Further, it is mandatory to install the GPS device and the emergency button in all existing vehicles already in use.
However, an exemption has been given from this rule only to the 3-wheelers (auto rickshaws).
There are a total of 30000 buses plying in Tamil Nadu including 8000 private buses and 1000 omnibuses. There are 39000 school and college buses in the state. There are more than 1.2 Lakhs call-taxis.
Out of this, it is estimated that 80% of these vehicles have not be fitted with GPS device and the emergency button. However, these must be fitted immediately in these vehicles.`