GPS tracker system to be mandatory in new vehicles?

LUCKNOW:Increasing cases of auto-lifting being reported from the national capital region of Uttar Pradesh have prompted authorities of the regional transport office to make installation of GPS tracker virtually mandatory in new vehicles.

Installation of the device will not only mean quick and “out-of-turn”registration of your automobile,but will also entitle you to a strong assurance from the police that your four-wheeler would be traced,if stolen.

All this comes at one-time investment during the time of purchasing the car,which will also allow special discount in the vehicle’s insurance cover.

If sources are to believed,then there are reports that efforts are underway to approach the state government for a proper amendment in the Uttar Pradesh Motor Vehicle Act (UPMVA) to make installation of GPS tracker mandatory.

“Once it is done,tracing cars in UP will be very easy,”says a senior bureaucrat who happens to be a member of the group that is pursuing the issue with the government. “I do not think anyone,who is paying a few lakhs to buy a car will mind shelling out few thousands extra more to ensure that his car will be traced if stolen,”he says.

“GPS technology is being commonly used by taxi operators and transporters across the country,”says additional superintendent of police (ASP) Noida Anant Deo. Police investigators see the gadget,as a perfect answer to auto-lifters who can do away with your “dream on wheels”worth lakhs,within few moments.

Uttar Pradesh has a record of 35 vehicles being lifted every day from across the state.

The GPS tracker is available in the open market ranging from Rs 7,000 to Rs 11,000 depending upon the features,which include tracking of the car and end with specially installed camera in the automobile that can also fetch you visuals through the GPS.

“Apart from the installation,the monthly rental of the service provider,whose network will be used,is the only recurring expense that the system calls for,”says Mayank,one of the top GPS system experts in NCR.

“However the rebate that such a gadget fetches you in the insurance premium of the vehicle compensates for the rentals and service charges that the car owner has to pay either monthly or annually,”he adds.

“Fitting of a security system approved by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) can get you a discount of 2.5% (not exceeding Rs 500) on your premium,”Mayank says.

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