In the wake of growing incidents of crime in passenger vehicles (engaged in commercial operation), Ahmedabad police chief GS Malik has issued a notification with stringent rules.
Among other things, these rules mandate the display of critical details inside passenger vehicles to enhance passenger safety and facilitate express crime reporting in case of an exigency during travel.
The notification mandates that all passenger vehicles must visibly display the driver’s name and number, vehicle registration details, and owner’s information. This is to ensure passengers can easily report any incidents to the women’s helpline (181) and the traffic helpline (1095) with the details. The aim is to prevent crimes from escalating and to enable prompt police action.
These details must be either oil-painted or marked with a permanent marker. The deadline for compliance was set for October 31. However, many have failed to adhere to these guidelines. Consequently, the police have filed around 40 FIRs against auto drivers and owners.
Interestingly, radio cabs, a popular mode of transport, haven’t yet been subjected to similar scrutiny.
This issue gains prominence in light of a recent extortion case involving a couple robbed by two policemen and a TRB jawan while traveling in a radio cab.