Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court has directed the government to equip ambulances in the State with GPS tracking systems to enable them to travel uninterrupted in traffic.
A division bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice Prasanna B. Varale issued this order, after hearing a petition from the “Bharat Punaruttana Trust.” The High Court postponed the hearing for three weeks.
The court has ruled that all ambulances in Karnataka must have GPS tracking systems installed and must be regularly inspected.
To ensure that both government and private ambulances are equipped with GPS, the government was ordered to send the necessary circulars to ambulance owners and manufacturers.
The court also ordered the establishment of a control room to oversee ambulance services. While ambulances are moving, the traffic on the roads should be under the control of the control rooms. The court ruled that the tendering procedure for the same should get started as soon as possible.
The court also ordered a report on how the Police Commissioner’s earlier order regarding the uninterrupted movement of ambulances during the movement of VIPs was being implemented.