Road Transport and Highways Ministry on Saturday presented the new Motor Vehicle Act which will come down on traffic rule violators extremely harsh. The amendments proposed are aimed to increase road safety considering how thousands of people lose their life, or get severely injured every day in road accidents. Annually 5 lakh accidents are reported in India and around 1.5 lakh people losing their life to such accidents in India, according to a study.
Public and stakeholders will be asked about their opinion before finalizing and presenting the Bill in the winter session of the Parliament. The Bill has been conceptualized keeping in mind how Motor vehicle act works in six most advanced nations, namely US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK. The amendment proposed includes:
- Rs. 3 lakh fine, and imprisonment for a term not less than 7 years for the accident causing death of a child.
- Rs. 15,000 fine, license cancellation for a month and a compulsory refresher training for violating traffic signal three times.
- Rs. 1 lakh fine or imprisonment for six months, which may extend to one year, or both in case of using a vehicle in unsafe conditions.
- Drunk driving will attract punishment under U.S model, wherein fine will `depend on the number of offenses you have done.
- 1st offense- Rs. 25,000 fine, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, or with both, and a six-month license suspension.
- Second offense- Within three years will result in Rs.50, 000 penalty or imprisonment for up to one year, or both and a one year license suspension.
- Offenses after this shall result in the cancellation of the license, and impounding of the vehicle which may extend for 30 days.
- Rs. 50,000 fine will be imposed with imprisonment for three years while "immediate cancellation" of license for school bus drivers who are caught driving drunk.
- Additionally a Golden Hour is proposed to provide treatment for road accident victims within one hour.
While presenting the bill, Road Transport and Highways Minister of India, Nitin Gadkari said, "Providing safe, efficient, cost effective and faster transport across the country is our mission." he also added to his earlier statement "Our new Bill gives emphasis on E-governance to bring in transparency in the transport sector. Our new 'golden hour' policy will provide immediate relief to accident victims and will help save lakhs of lives."