A law that would help the Narendra Modi government deliver on its pledge to halve 1.5 lakh deaths in road accidents is in the home stretch.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport, cleared the final version of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill this week that would not just hike penalties for traffic offences from 100 rupees to 500, introduce a jail term for people who let kids drive their vehicles but also help pin the blame for accidents due to faulty designs on road planners and contractors.
A parliamentary panel that looked at the bill introduced in the Lok Sabha in August last had recommended some changes including penalties for road planners who do a shoddy job. Mr Gadkari too has long argued that bad roads and not just bad drivers kill people on Indian roads, the deadliest in the world. Read More…
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