Tracking devices, panic buttons in buses & taxis now compulsory in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has made it mandatory for all the buses and taxis to have vehicle tracking devices and panic buttons.

The new rule came into effect from 1 April, as per a government notification that was issued in November 2016.

With the use of technology, the authorities will be able to track the location and speed of vehicles with a single click.

VTS - vehicle tracking system and panic button are together a part of the intelligent transport system (ITS).

The system costs ₹10,000-₹12,000 and will be installed in around 3.7 lakh existing vehicles.

Commercial vehicles that do not require permits will not be required to get the ITS. These include vehicles such as two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws.

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