news Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | December 11, 2014 | 8:45 am IST Following thorough checks of all cab services in Hyderabad by the officials on Wednesday, the RTA took another precautionary step. “She Taxis” will become operational from January 26 in the city to add to the security and comfort of women commuters. This decision comes in the wake of the Delhi rape case by an “Uber” cab driver. The Transport Commissioner banned Uber for operating without registration in Hyderabad and demanded tabs on the services offered by other cab agencies. According to a report in The Hindu, a decision was also taken to regulate auto rickshaws without proper licenses and hold both the driver and the owner responsible in case of a crime. This is not the first time Hyderabad has taken a step like this with the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) which manages the transportation in both Telangana and AP approved the move to separate men and women in the buses with a grill in between.  Separate enclosures were provided for women in 500 buses out of the 2,600 RTC buses in city, and plans are on to expand this to all the buses after initial feedback. The ‘She Taxi’ project was released initially in February amid much fanfare this year but it soon faded away and the GHMC seemed to have put the project on the backburner, a report in The New Indian Express adds. However, this latest incident has kick started the project again and cars are going to be handed over to women cab drivers equipped with global positioning system (GPS). The GHMC also added that the women would be owners of the vehicles and do business on their own. Read: Separating men and woman in buses: Is the move right?

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