GPS to stop Rickshaw Rip-offs

By on 6 July, 2010

Over 55,000 autorickshaws in Delhi will be fitted with a GPS connected to a central call centre within six months.

The move is aimed at harmonising prices across all cabs as some drivers have been charging significantly higher fares than others.

The mandatory GPS system which will enable a central call centre to locate an autorickshaw and calculate actual distance covered.

“Through the system we will also be able to take an action against errant autorickshaw drivers. In case they are found to switch it off without any reason, they will be fined Rs 2,000 ($AUS 51),” said a senior transport department official.

The autorickshaw union chief said their members have no problem in fitting the GPS system in their vehicles.

“The decision to fit GPS was taken only after taking us into confidence,” said Ashok Kumar Tiwari, vice president of Bhartia Tipahiya Chalak Sangh Congress.

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