The state government has decided to extend by two months the deadline for installing tracking devices and panic buttons on all commercial vehicles.
The earlier deadline was March 31.
“An official notice regarding the extension of the deadline till May 31 will be sent to all regional transport offices. This will allow owners of commercial vehicles to carry out the mandatory fitness test and apply for renewal of their permits (after getting the device installed),” Snehasis Chakraborty, state transport minister, told The Telegraph.
Transport department officials said the owners of only about 5,000 commercial vehicles, of the 300,000-odd, in the state have complied with the state government directive on the installation of the tracking device.
Many of the owners who are yet to abide by the directive have cited costs and lack of clarity on how the devices work.