Road accidents in India take more lives than natural disasters and diseases do and these figures are on the rise. With the aim of addressing this problem, the pending Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016 is an attempt to create an exhaustive and comprehensive legislative framework for road safety in India. With a proposal of 68 amendments to 233 sections and the insertion of 28 new sections in the 1988 Motor Vehicle Act, the bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, in August 2016 and is currently with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Culture, and Tourism.
From steeper fines to greater automation, here is a breakdown of the essential features of the bill.
1. Higher Penalties
The bill increases the penalties for several offences. The minimum fine for being caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has been increased from ₹2,000 to ₹10,000 and for rash driving, it has been increased from ₹1,000 to ₹5,000. Read More…