New Motor Vehicles Bill to be Introduced in
Monsoon Session of Parliament
NDTV, July 07,
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, said the new Motor
Vehicles Bill is set to be introduced in the upcoming Monsoon
session of Parliament.
The bill not only
undertakes stringent measures against traffic offenders, but
also recommends heavy fines amounting up to Rs. 3 lakh along
with a minimum 7-year imprisonment for death of a child in
certain circumstances. Substantial fines for other driving
violations are also included in the bill.
Mr Gadkari said the
bill's enforcement will not only help bring in transparency but
would also curb dereliction.
Besides fines for
driving related violations, the bill also proposes a fine of Rs.
5 lakh per vehicle and imprisonment for faulty manufacturing
design. The Bill hopes to bring down fatalities in road
accidents by 2 lakh in the first 5 years. Gadkari also added
that the Ministry is committed to contributing at least 2 per
cent to the GDP from the sector.
"Three lakh persons
are crippled annually in 5 lakh road accidents, while another
1.5 lakh lose their lives. We are serious about reducing
accidents. We will set up 5,000 centres across the country for
issuing driving licenses based on computerised tests as 30 per
cent of the licences in the country are bogus," the Minister
As far States'
concern that the new Bill will take away their rights, Gadkari
clarified, "I assure to the states that they will not be
disturbed. We will not take a single paisa from your revenue and
in fact, we want to give support to the states. There are some
misconceptions about the proposed Act."
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