Commuters may soon feel safer while boarding autos & e-rickshaws in Delhi.
In a move to help girls & women travel more comfortably, especially during their ‘last mile’ journey home, Delhi Police is planning to introduce QR codes in autos & e-rickshaws.
These QR codes will enable women to procure details of auto or e-rickshaw drivers on their smartphones as soon as they board the vehicle – by simply scanning it.
All you have to do is scan the code using ‘Himmat’ or any other scanning app. Each QR code will state the driver’s name, mobile number, driving license details, badge number and address.
In case the owner of the vehicle is someone other than the person driving it, their details will also be available.
This data can be easily shared with the police.
Currently, the plan is to introduce these QR codes in all rickshaws parked near colleges and popular locations like Connaught Place, Hauz Khas village and Delhi Haat.
Speaking to the Times of India, DCP (PRO) Madhur Verma stated that commuters could immediately get in touch with local police, in case they find the person driving them is somebody other than any of the persons registered in the app with no details mentioned.
The Delhi Police is now connecting to active driver unions across the capital and requesting them to adopt the new plan. Ongoing discussions state that the plan may be launched by the end of January 2018.
While women commuters may require an internet connection on their smartphone to share the details, in the absence of a data pack, they can share the unique ID number via SMS to 8130099100.
This SMS will make sure that police officials call the commuter at the end of her journey.