Police want apps for speedy verification of taxi driver details

The drive to check antecedents of taxi drivers was kicked off last week in light of the Uber Cab rape.

| Mumbai | Published: December 16, 2014 3:41 pm

In order to facilitate speedy background checks of taxi drivers plying in the city, the Mumbai Police are looking for a software application that can help compare details of the drivers against their records.

The drive to check the antecedents of taxi drivers was kicked off last week in light of the arrest of an Uber Cab driver for allegedly raping a female passenger. Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has assigned a deadline of December 31 for completing the process. The police have till now collected details of 2,46,119 yellow top taxi drivers from the Regional Transport Offices and are collecting details from private taxi companies about their drivers.

“The data we have is in MS Excel format, and comparing each name even in computerised format will be cumbersome and time consuming. We are talking to experts and trying to find an app that can let us speedily compare the name of each taxi driver with our records to check if he has a past criminal record,” said Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni.

The police plan to check each name against four databases — records with each police station, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s records for the entire city, the State Crime Records Bureau and the National Crime Records Bureau.

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