Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, today said buses in all states will have Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), CCTV cameras and Panic Buttons to provide immediate help to women passengers in distress.
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will issue a notification after 2 June 2016, making it mandatory for public vehicles with seating capacity of 23 or more to have CCTV camera, Vehicle Location Tracking Device and Panic Buttons. Those with seating capacity of less than 23 will be required to have Vehicle Tracking Device and emergency buttons.
Nitin Gadkari today dedicated 20 buses of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation, with IT enabled safety measures to the public today.
Under the NIRBHAYA Scheme, 10 luxury buses, 10 general buses have been provided with Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), CCTV cameras and Panic Buttons on every seat to provide immediate help to women passengers.
Nitin Gadkari said that CCTV cameras, the Vehicle Tracking System and especially the Panic Buttons will enable the police to know the exact location of the bus and provide prompt assistance. The minister said that efforts would be made to ensure that the scheme is extended to other buses and other states also in due course.