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For women’s safety, govt wants cabs sans child locks

NEW DELHI: Soon passenger cars used as cabs won’t have the child Lock system to end any misuse by drivers. The transport ministry has asked vehicle and equipment manufacturers to come up with a solution so that no commercially registered vehicle rolling out of a showroom has any child lock system.

The move to find solution to child lock in cabs comes after the recent incident of a cab driver in Bangalore harassing a woman passenger after allegedly activating the child lock.

The transport ministry officials discussed the issue with vehicle and equipment manufacturers during the apex technical committee meeting on Monday. The apex committee sets standards and specifications for vehicles and their parts.

“Since no manufacturer knows which particular product will be registered as a cab or transport vehicle, the solution has to be at the end when the dealer dispatches the vehicle. The manufacturers have said there are ways out and passengers to disable the child locks before starting the journey.

He added that there is also a need to look into whether a child lock in a car is needed at all since now almost all cars have got central locking systems. Last month, the Delhi government had directed cab owners and drivers to paste a “clearly visible” sticker on their vehicles, cautioning passengers to disable the child locks before starting the journey. This norm comes to effect late this month.

“In order to ensure safety of women commuters, the permit holder and the driver of the Motor-Cab (taxi) shall ensure that a sticker of the size (6″x 3″), as per the following format shall be affixed/ pasted at four places,” the order said.

Source : timesofindia



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