Centre to help states to set up vehicle tracking system

Supreme Court-mandated all public transport vehicles to have vehicle tracking systems and emergency buttons with effect from 1 January 2020.
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Updated: Jan 17, 2020 01:49:55 pm

Centre to help states to set up vehicle tracking system

17 January 2020 Current Affairs:Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced that is will provide support to state governments to help them set up monitoring centres that will track public service vehicles including buses and cab operators like Ola and Uber. The move aims to ensure the safety of passengers using public transport in the country. 

Transport vehicles monitoring centres:
♦ Supreme Court-mandated all public transport vehicles to have vehicle tracking systems and emergency buttons with effect from 1 January 2020. 
♦ All the states have made small progress in setting up the monitoring centres.
♦ Hence, the transport ministry is to provide financial support under the Nirbhaya Fund which is managed by the Ministry of Women & child development. 
♦ The estimated cost of the project is Rs.463 crore. Out of the total estimated amount, the Centre will bear Rs.332 crore, while the states will share Rs.131 crore. 

Background:
Earlier, due to lack of funds, the State governments were not able to set up vehicle monitoring centres. The Centre aims to provide a grant to states for effective implementation of the system. States like Kerala and Uttarakhand have established the centres but was not even able to know if public vehicles have these features since there is no body established to monitor these.
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