Rickshaws improving their image with GPS

Rickshaws in New Delhi are to be fitted with satellite navigation devices in an attempt to stamp out the notorious abuses perpetrated on customers.

Transport chiefs in the Indian capital hope the satnavs will reduce disputes between commuters who complain of dishonesty and the drivers who claim they work long hours for poverty wages.

Next week GPS devices will be installed in 25 three-wheelers, but by the end of July they are expected to be mandatory for the rest of the city’s 55,000 rickshaws. The devices will be connected to a government server that will track journeys and allow officials and passengers to check whether they are taking the shortest routes. The devices will also be fitted with a panic button.


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