Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) Policy for Tamil Nadu
9 May 2013 | Chennai: EMBARQ India recently prepared and submitted a comprehensive Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) policy to the Transport Commissioner, Government of Tamil Nadu, to enable the government to better regulate the IPT sector in Chennai (and other cities in the State), as well as promote reforms in this increasingly important mode of urban transport.
The policy document covers the two important components of IPT services in the State – i) contract carriage services (auto-rickshaws and fleet taxis) and ii) shared services (share-auto and share-taxi).
The following are some of the key areas covered in the document for the effective regulation of IPT services in the State:
• Institutional roles and responsibilities for regulation and enforcement: Identification of roles of the various government bodies including the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Traffic Police and the Municipal Corporation, for the effective regulation and enforcement of IPT services.
• Funding: Considerations for channelling available funding resources (at the national and regional levels) for public sector investments in the IPT sector, such as for technology, infrastructure, and vehicles.
• Permits: Considerations for an effective permit policy for the IPT sector taking into account issues such as supply/demand, market competition, and driver economics. • Fares: Considerations for an effective fare estimation and revision framework for IPT services, for the benefit of drivers and passengers • Pollution control: Issues to consider, such as engine and fuel type, as well as operating efficiency and vehicle inspection and maintenance, for controlling pollution from IPT vehicles • Infrastructure: Provision of adequate infrastructure such as stands and parking facilities for IPT vehicles
• Security: Aspects to consider for ensuring security of passengers, such as database of drivers, ID cards, and effective use of technology for vehicle tracking • Driver training and licensing: Development of a driver training program for IPT services, to ensure proper driver behaviour, safe driving practices, knowledge of traffic rules and awareness building on environmental issues.
Read the full report via the link below. Comments and suggestions to enhance the content of this document are welcomed. EMBARQ India would like to thank Chennai City Connect for their inputs and for facilitating discussions with the Transport Commissioner.