Public transport in HP to now have a panic button

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday inaugurated the vehicle location tracking device, emergency panic button system and command center of the state transport department for the public in Shimla.

People of the state are peace loving and respect each other and the law, but the HP government is determined to protect women and children, he said. He said the tracking device with panic button system and the command center is connected with the emergency response support system — 112. When the panic button is pressed, a signal is received through satellite and the person in distress is contacted and the police are alerted.

Jai Ram said that the new technology will make it easier to detect vehicle theft and accidents.

This is an innovative initiative which will make the roads of the state safer and more secure, said the CM. He said that Himachal Pradesh has taken the lead in implementing this project, which was a matter of pride for every person of the state.

Jai Ram said that this initiative will provide quick and accurate information about the vehicle equipped with this device during any emergency.

More than 9,423 vehicles have been connected with this system and complete details of their movement during the last year will be available at the monitoring center, he said.

Jai Ram said his government is serious about promoting electric vehicles and has implemented the Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicles Policy, 2022. He said that a total of 1,150 electric vehicles have been registered in the state so far. “We are targeting around 15% growth in electric vehicle registration by 2025,” he said, adding that the HP government is offering 100% exemption on registration fee and token tax during registration of electric vehicles. .

The CM said that the state government has also decided to include a chapter on road safety in the curriculum of students from class 6 onwards. He suggested that a name should be given to this project. He said that since it is a hilly area, road transport is the most important form of transport. He spoke while inaugurating the website of Road Safety Cell.

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