The aftermath of the Uber rape case has got other similar service providers to buckle up and get all the loopholes fixed. The Delhi government has banned Uber, and has now allowed only six cab service providers to operate in the city. To ensure that such a barbaric act is not repeated, several providers have come up with initiatives and plans to ensure passenger safety and security. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
WSJ cites a source that wished to remain anonymous saying that transport authorities in New Delhi have ordered radio fleet taxi companies and web-based operators to submit database of their drivers whose credentials need to be checked. A list of around 20,000 drivers has been submitted so far out of which the background details of more than 10,000 still need to be verified, the source said. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
He further said that cab operators have to come up with safety plans that need to be effective in early next year. Cab operators responded positively and said that they would submit their recommendations by December 31.
India’s Meru Cabs, on its official blog said that an app that collects all driver data through their Aadhar database will help eradicate drivers entering the business with a forged license. The company has begun capturing and verifying the Aadhaar number of all its drivers and currently helping drivers who do not have an Aadhaar number to enroll on the national database. In addition, Meru is also asking the transport department to create a common database of all drivers, so that there is a central system of checks and balances linked with Aadhaar.
Meru also suggested asking passengers for their gender. If a female passenger is taking a ride, then she would be called from the call centre at least once during her ride, to ensure her safety. Easy Cabs suggested geo-fencing the cabs, meaning that the call centers would be alerted as soon as the car deviates from its desired route.
In case of deviation, the driver would be called immediately. If he doesn’t respond, the passenger would be called to find out if everything was going fine. In case of any suspicious activity, the police would be immediately contacted and informed about the cab s location, said Rajiv Vij, Managing Director of Easy Cabs in the report.
President of the Association of Radio Taxis, Kunal Lalani also suggested the idea of installing an easily accessible distress button for passengers in the cabs. All of these measures and the ones that will be submitted by the cab operators will be implemented, only if the transport department approves them.