The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill which has been passed in the Lok Sabha and has to be passed by the Rajya Sabha is opposed by various opposition parties.

As per our recent resources, the new bill offers the following : The bill has increased the penalties regarding the violation of traffic rules, protection to Good Samaritans will now be provided, auto companies will now recall defective vehicle parts, holding builders accountable for poor quality of infrastructure and making vehicle owners criminally liable for violations committed by juvenile drivers.

A survey conducted last year by Consumer Voice says that  96 per cent of the consumers believed that the passage of the Amendment Bill would help in reducing the road accidents up to 50 per cent by 2020. Whereas Ninety-seven per cent of the consumers find it necessary that the bill must be supported by all the parties in order to bring down road accidents.

Following are the important proposals in the bill:-

  1. Aadhaar will be a mandatory identity in order to get a driving licence and to register the vehicle.
  2. A compensation of Rs 2 lakh or more will be provided by the government regarding the deaths in hit-and-run cases which as of now is Rs 25,000 only.
  3. In the case of violating traffic rules by juveniles, either the guardians or the owner of the vehicle would be held responsible.
  4. The fine for drink and driving has been increased to Rs 10,000 which earlier was Rs 2000 only.
  5. Besides this, the fine for rash driving has also been increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.
  6. In case of Driving a vehicle without a driving licence, a fine of Rs 5,000 will be imposed which at present is Rs 500 only.
  7. The fine for over-speeding will shoot up from Rs 400 to Rs 1,000-2,000.
  8. Fine for not wearing a seatbelt will now be Rs 1000 which at present is Rs 100 only.
  9. Talking on a mobile phone while driving will attract a fine of Rs 5,000 which earlier was Rs 1,000.
  10. Vehicles will now be designed accordingly so that disabled people may also use them
  11. Regarding poor construction and maintenance of roads leading to accidents, the contractors, consultants and civic agencies will be blamed.
  12. The time limit for renewal of driving licence has been increased to one year before and after the expiry date which earlier was one month.