The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill which was to be passed by the Rajya Sabha has been stuck. This bill could do a lot to make the roads of India a better place to drive. Due to opposition of various parties and other political issues the bill is still not passed. The assuring news is that the bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The Bill has provisions for increasing penalties for traffic violations, protecting Good Samaritans and recall of defective vehicle parts by auto companies. The bill also gives the freedom to hold builders accountable for the quality of infrastructure they provide and treat juvenile defaulters with lenience and holding vehicle owners criminally liable.
The Consumer Voices, an organization who had a say in policy making, held a survey which took inputs of the consumers, which shows that 96% of them believe that this bill will be helpful for the drivers and passer bys and everyone else. They also believed that the bill has the potential to meet the UN mandate which asks for reduction of accidents on road by 2020. This bill will be a slap on the face of the laws running for 30 years. Every party should be supporting this as this will reduce death risks on road, which is 1.46 lakhs annually, highest reported.
The bill has the following propositions:
- Aadhar Card would be made mandatory for the driving license and vehicle registration.
- 2 lakhs compensation will be provided to the family members of the deaths in hit and run cases which is currently a sum of Rs. 25000.
- Juvenile traffic violators will be tried under Juvenile Justice Act and the vehicle registration will be cancelled in case the gurdian or the vehicle owner proves that they weren’t aware of the incident or tried to stop it.
- The people who will come forward to help the victims of road accident will be protected from criminal liability and it will be completely upto them to disclose their identity to the police.
- The minimum fine for drunk driving will be Rs 10,000 and not Rs. 2000
- The fine for rash driving will be increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.
- Driving without a licence will be fined an amount of Rs 5,000 which is 10 times the present amount.
- The fine for over-speeding will go up from Rs 400 to Rs 1000-2000.
- Not wearing seat belt would be fined Rs 1000 and not just Rs. 100.
- Talking on a mobile phone while driving will cost the driver an amount of Rs. Rs. 5000
- A Motor Vehicle Accident Fund will be constructed which will provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India for certain types of accidents.
- It will be a must job to alter vehicles to make them comfortable for specially abled people.
- Faulty design, construction or poor maintenance of roads leading to accidents will be charged on the contractors, consultants and civic agencies.
- An application of compensation to the Claims Tribunal with regard to road accidents has to be given within six months.
- The insurance to be given for deaths in third party cases will be an amount of Rs. 10 lakhs at maximum and Rs. 5 lakhs (maximum) for serious injury.
- The driving license can be renewed from a year before its expiry date.
- The Government has the full say in recalling of a particular vehicle failing to meet the standard norms and also can charge upto Rs. 500 crores from the manufacturers of the same.
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