Manoj Kumar Jena

Odisha Commerce & Transport Minister Tukuni Sahu inaugurated the command & control centre for Vehicle Location Tracking Device (VLTD) in Bhubaneswar on Friday. The Odisha transport department has also made the fitment of Vehicle Location Tracking Device (VLTD) mandatory for all the vehicles from next year (2024). 

Except, three and two wheelers vehicle, the VLTD will be installed in all the passengers and cargo and ambulance vehicles.

The VLTD will track all the moments of the driver. Most importantly, it will track down whether the driver is indulged in rash driving or over speeding.

The device will act as a third-eye and it will be monitored 24/7 by Bhubaneswar VLTD command and control centre.

The unique feature about the VLTD is that it cannot be tampered with. This device will record the moment of vehicle in no network areas. It will send the data to the command centre, once it gets into the network coverage area.

Explaining about advantages, VLTD expert Arun Kumar Chauhan said, “If anything happens, the first alert message will go to the owner of the vehicle, then to Emergency Response System (ERS) and State command centre. Besides, the nearest police station will also receive the alert message.”

In 2012, after the Nirbhaya case, the central government had sanctioned money to the Odisha govt from Nirbhaya fund to implement the VLTD system. However, it was not implemented. 

Previously, the Odisha transport department had given the implementation notification of VLTD for four times. Today, a fresh notification regarding the implementation of VLTD system has been issued by the Odisha transport department.

The official notification also mentioned that the specified vehicles registered on or after 1.01.2024 shall have to comply with the requirement at the time of registration.

Likewise, the specified vehicles registered on or before 31.12.2023 shall have to comply with the requirement by 30.6.2024.

“Our department will provide all the devices to the vehicles and will promote awareness for this device among people. This device will help the police to reach the spot in time. Keeping an eye on the recent incidents, the control room was inaugurated,” said Odisha transport minister Tukuni Sahu.