Safety on roads has been a major concern of the city for a large period of time. The rules set by the government are something that many don’t adhere to which have resulted in many gruesome fatal accidents. It was necessary to bring about a change and implement stricter rules that everyone would follow and the change has now been bought by introducing the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2019. The bill has been drafted by 18 transport ministers of different states which was also involved a discussion with other committees. The bill was passed in Rajya Sabha which suggested three changes after which it will be sent to the Lok Sabha for scrutiny and would be given to the Prime Minister for the final approval.
Here are the top 5 things you need to know about the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, 2019:
1. Increased Penalties :
The one component of the bill that has caught everyone’s attention is the escalated penalty rates. The latest bill has increased the rates significantly laving everyone in a state of shock. The hefty amount that has been levied on the penalties has been doubled now for example the fine for not wearing a helmet will rise from Rs 100 to Rs 1000. The exponential rate of penalties is also implemented in cases of talking while driving, drinking and driving, not giving way to ambulance and more.
2. Driving license :
The bill has proposed to mandate Aadhar Card as an proof for the driving licenses. It has also suggested a computerised driving test to do away with fake license holders and also people who are ill drivers. The validity of commercial licenses would now be valid for 5 years than 3 years and the renewal can be done a year prior to the expiry date. It had also proposed more training facilities and vehicle fitness centres for the drivers.
3. Road Safety Board :
There is a possibility for the central government through notification to create a Road Safety Board. The board would be making the necessary suggestions related to road safety, licensing, traffic management and everything related to the central and state government. This will concentrate the powers in the hands of one body that will lead to better regulation and safety.
4. Vehicle Recall :
The Bill offers the government authority to recall any vehicle that poses as a threat to the driver, users of the road or is damaging the environment in any way. The bill allows the government to substitute the defective vehicle with a vehicle that has better specifications and features.
5. Cashless Treatment and Good Samaritan :
The bill proposes guidelines for a cashless treatment to the road accident victims during golden hours and also provides provisions for a good Samaritan that helps and provide assistance to people during an accident.
The introduction of the proposed bill is sure to bring a major amendments which would ensure road safety and security.