The safety of women on roads in India is a big concern and in recent times, several events of violence in commercial cars/cabs have been reported. Keeping an eye on that, the Union Transport Ministry has issued an order for the automakers. According to this mandate, the automakers have to remove the child lock from the cars when sold as taxis from July 2019 onwards.
Several automakers are already working on the feature that will allow the removal of childlocks from vehicles when they are sold as taxis. This removal will take place at dealer level. The ministry hopes this move will help in reducing the risk of molestation, rape or various other acts of atrocities against women inside the cabs.
Several cities across India have witnessed events of atrocities against women where the incidents involved taxis with childlocks. While the personal cars need to have the safety feature of childlocks, the taxis don’t actually require it. The decision has been taken after the meeting of the apex technical committee of the Union Transport Ministry after considering the legal and technical implications of the move.
Union Road and Transport Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari was approached by many women regarding the issue and after hearing the complaints, he decided to the address the issue and find a solution for the same. In this case, the cars like Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Hyundai Xcent etc will come with the new feature that will allow the removal of child lock when needed.