Union Road Transport Minister Gadkari launches safety feature-rich Nirbhaya buses
Triggered emergency signal will allow CCTV cameras to display live footage of the bus at the central control room.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on 25 May 2016 launched 20 Nirbhaya buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC). These buses are fitted with multiple safety measures to better protect women passengers.
The 20 buses launched as a pilot project under the NIRBHAYA scheme include 10 luxury and 10 ordinary roadways buses.
Features of Nirbhaya bus
• Nirbhaya bus security measures include Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), CCTV and panic buttons on every seat.
• The VTS and the panic buttons will enable the police to know the exact location of the bus and provide prompt assistance.
• Once the emergency signal is triggered, the CCTV cameras will start displaying live footage of the bus at the central control room.
Apart from this, Gadkari said on 2 June 2016, the ministry will issue a notification mandating public vehicles with a seating capacity of more than 23 seats to fix closed-circuit television, VTS and panic buttons. Vehicles below 23 seats will be asked to install VTS and emergency buttons.
Besides, he said that directions in this regard will be given to other states in due course of time, adding that buses in the future should be manufactured with such safety features to contain anti-social elements.
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