Airport taxis to have GPS

- NIRMALA ADHIKARI, Kathmandu

Aug 12, 2014-

The Global Positioning System (GPS), which provides information on exact location, is going to be used for the first time in the country in taxis that provide services at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The Air Passengers Transport Service Management Limited (APTSML) is set to introduce the system in its ‘pre-paid’ taxis within the next three months, the operators confirmed.

According to the operators, the tracking system is being launched in order to ensure the safety of passengers when they opt to take the service. “In case a taxi carrying passengers from the airport stops before reaching its destination, the tracking system will help us locate the vehicle and rescue and secure our services,” said Purusottam Simkhada, chairman at the APTSML.

GPS is a worldwide radio navigation system used for tracking the movement of a vehicle or person. The system to be equipped in these taxis would help track any suspicious activities.

After microchips are installed in tracking system of the taxis, their locations can be monitored via satellite. The APTSML has already prepared all necessary amenities, including the Internet, tracking system and software, to start their service.

Once the system is operational, an alarm will automatically send a notification to the control room if an outbound vehicle would park for more than five minutes at a location while traveling to its destination.

Two months have passed since the APTSML started using the GPS system in a few of its taxis. “We have been identifying the problems in the system to get it accurate. Till now we haven’t witnessed any major drawbacks,” Simkhada said.

Along with the GPS tracking system, the operators are also planning to introduce Central Billing System within a month in order to track the bills and payments. With the system, the entire booking records could be archived making the process transparent and ensuring that passengers are not charged hefty amounts.

Currently, the operators have been charging an extra Rs 100 for using the taxis after 9pm compared to the meter taxis which charge an extra Rs 400 during the same period. The authorities concerned have also started setting up a control room to monitor both systems. The project is estimated to cost Rs 11.5 million.

Published: 13-08-2014 09:26

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