In what to could be perceived as a major jolt to all car enthusiasts in India, Union Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari said that driverless cars will not be coming to India as it will lead to joblessness in the country.
Gadkari further added that the government’s main focus still remains on training drivers with appropriate skills, as adequate driving skills can provide employment to lakhs of people in the future.
The transport minister said, “We will not allow driverless cars in India. India suffers a huge shortage of 22 lakh drivers. Cab aggregators take advantage of these. We are not going to promote any technology or policy that will render people jobless.”
However, Gadkari said that the government plans to bring in a new cab aggregator platform to help the commuters. He also added that the government will only be a facilitator in this.
He also asserted that this move will help commuters to have an affordable transport.
Hinting towards no Tesla imports, Gadkari said that government supports the use of electric cars but will not allow its imports. The government would rather urge automakers to manufacture them as per ‘Make in India’.
Meanwhile, addressing the safety issues, the Transport minister said that government is also planning to introduce and make GPS and satellite tracking mandatory in all public and private vehicles.
“Talks are on with World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help India to replicate the London Transport Authority Model where all the public transportation buses would be replaced by luxury buses and a common man can travel in them by paying about 40 percent less price as compared to current fares,” said Gadkari.
He further added that double buses would be introduced where there would be facilities on par with flights.