Following a spate of incidents of crime, the traffic police and Transport Department have instructed cab service providers and private taxis to implement safety measures in their vehicles.
Special drives were also conducted to check if cab drivers were complying with the Motor Vehicle Rules and other guidelines announced to ensure passenger safety.
In fact, at least three special drives were carried out in the city last year. For some reason, the police restricted themselves to cab services and private agencies, having turned a Nelson's eye to auto-rickshaws.
Around one lakh auto-rickshaws ply on the city roads every day, and form an important public transport alternative for citizens. Many instances of kidnap of women, robbing passengers at knife-point and other cases have been reported in auto-rickshaws as well.
However, except for asking auto-rickshaw drivers to display their phone numbers and vehicle details on the rear side of their seat, little has been done to render safe the three-wheeler mode of transport.
A decade ago, traffic authorities had asked auto-rickshaw drivers to have a transparent window on the vehicle's rear. The aim was to allow the driver to get a view of the traffic behind, and also help passengers who otherwise stick their heads out in a risky manner, to look out for a shop or house address. Given that auto-rickshaws are used as a getaway by criminals, such a window would be useful for the cops, besides being mandatory under Motor Vehicle Rule-100.