Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill offers stricter traffic rules

Motor VehicleVehicles on roads of Mumbai

New Delhi । Seeking to increase penalties for traffic rules violations, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

The Bill seeks to add safety regulations and heavy penalties for violators of traffic rules.

The Bill provides for the regulation of cab aggregators and issues related to third-party insurance.

The draft law has also proposed a digitized licensing system to centralize vehicle registration data.

The Bill also seeks to amend the existing law to impose a penalty on contractors and concessionaires for faulty road design, construction, and maintenance. A penalty of Rs 1 lakh has been proposed for the erring contractors. Mismanaged roads and faulty constructions are commonly encountered catastrophes in India. Weak roads are washed away in monsoon, leading to loss of capital and inconvenience for the common public. The Bill can be one major step in solving the problem.

The amended Bill, after having invited feedback from the public, was circulated amongst the MPs last week.

(With inputs from IANS)