Chennai cops ask cab operators to install panic button in cars

Chennai cops ask cab operators to install panic button in cars

Days aftrer a woman doctor was allegedly molested inside a moving car by its driver and two of his friends, the Chennai city police have jumped into action.

The police have asked call taxi companies to install panic buttion near the rear seat. Also, cab firms have been instructed to clearly verify the background of the drivers before roping them in. “All vehicles should be fitted with GPS device,” police officials said.

On September 25, a doctor from Anna Nagar was allegedly molested in a moving car from Injambakkam to Neelankarai. The 26-year-old doctor was leaving from her friend’s place in Injambakkam, when she hired an Ola cab.

When the vehicle reached VGP Peace Temple at ECR, two of the driver Venkatesan’s friends, Muthupandi and Sakthivel, got into the cab. The driver assured the doctor that the duo would get down later. The alert doctor immediately informed her friend who tipped off the police.

Cab operators mostly depend on certificates the drivers furnish. Ola says before hiring a driver, it verifies documents and certificates given by government departments.

“As per law, we do not need police verification for a driver to join us. It is required only in Karnataka and West Bengal. Even though it is not required here, we do it. But the veracity of these documents lies solely on the government agency that is issuing them,” said an Ola official.