Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2017 is scheduled for upcoming monsoon session of parliament
Need for an amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
- Increase in Severity of Accidents:
- According to the Report ‘Road Accidents in India-2016’, road accidents in India have decreased by around 4.1% in 2016 from 2015. However, fatalities resulting from these accidents have risen by about 3.2%
- According to a World Bank report, road accidents cost India about 3% of its gross domestic product every year.
- Changing Requirements:
- When the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 was framed, India’s motorisation scenario was at a nascent stage. It was felt that policies were needed to give this sector a boost.
- Therefore, most of the provisions of the 1988 Bill revolve around movement of good and passengers
- The Act is inadequate with increasing motorization in India
Further, the penalties for violation of rules is grossly inadequate for ensuring non-violation of traffic rules
Issue of Duplicate Licenses
- Due to inefficiency in the licensing system, lakh of licenses are issued without prescribed checks and balances
- Further, due to absence of a central registry, often multiple licences are held by one person for different States.
- The need for accountability:
- According to Save Life Foundation, Engineering/designing fault caused 1289 accidents