Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has launched 20 Nirbhaya buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC).
These buses are fitted with multiple IT-enabled safety measures to better protect women passengers and keep anti-social elements under check.
These buses were launched by RSTC as a pilot project under the NIRBHAYA scheme. The pilot project of RSTC includes 10 luxury and 10 ordinary roadways buses.
Key features of Nirbhaya bus
- Nirbhaya buses have advance IT-enabled safety measures such as Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), panic buttons on every seat and CCTV.
- The panic buttons and VTS will enable the police to know the exact location of the bus and provide prompt assistance.
- When the panic button is pressed an emergency signal will triggered. The signal will start displaying live footage of the bus captured from CCTV cameras at Police central control room.
Besides, it was also announced that Union Ministry of Transport is going to issue a notification making it mandatory for public vehicles with seating capacity of 23 or above to have CCTV camera, panic buttons and Vehicle Location Tracking (VTS) Device. Those public vehicles with seating capacity of less than 23 will be required to have VTS device and emergency buttons. The ministry already has issued a draft notification in this regard.