GPS, or Global Positioning System, has been made compulsory for all taxis in Noida and Greater Noida. The Transport Department announced that no new taxi will be registered in the city without a GPS device installed in it.
Rachna Yaduvanshi, Assistant Road Transport Officer, Noida, told City Spidey that the exact location of a vehicle can be ascertained only through a GPS tracker. "Taxis fitted with this device will ensure a safe ride for commuters in general and women in particular," she said.
Yaduvanshi added that taxis approaching the Transport Authority for fitness certificates will not be entertained unless found installed with a GPS device.
But there is a loophole in this. At present, about 11,500 taxis are registered in Noida. The ones currently plying on the roads go for a fitness certificate only after the expiry of its validity, which is one year. This means the entire fleet of taxis operating in Noida and Greater Noida can be fitted with a GPS device only after a year.