Road accidents killed 17 people every hour in India in 2016. Don't you think something must be done to prevent the loss of precious life? The Motor Vehicle Act 2017, which is coming up in the Rajya Sabha in the Winter Session of Parliament, aims to do just that. At 1.46 Lakhs a year, India has the highest road fatalities in the World. PM Narendra Modi believes the Motor Vehicle Act will reduce these fatalities.
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The Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill 2017, proposes to impose a hefty fine on auto Companies which manufacture faulty vehicles. Statutory guidelines will be imposed on cab aggregators. Penalties for traffic rule violations would increase.
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1. Salient Features of the Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill 2017
- Aadhaar would be mandatory to get your driving license and also for vehicle registration.
- Many accident deaths in India are because of hit-and-run. If a person dies in a hit-and-run accident, the Government will pay a compensation of Rs 2 Lakhs or more to the family of the victim. Previously the compensation amount was just Rs 25,000.
- In case of traffic violations by a juvenile (person who is not yet an adult), the guardian/owner of the vehicle will be held responsible. The onus will be on the guardian/owner to prove that the offence was committed without his/her knowledge or he tried to prevent it.
- If the owner of the vehicle cannot prove that the offence was committed without his knowledge, the registration of the vehicle will be cancelled. The juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.
- The minimum fine for drunk driving would go up from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000.
- Fines for rash driving would increase from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.
- Driving without a license would mean a fine of Rs 5,000.
- The fine for over-speeding would increase from Rs 400 to Rs 1,000-2,000.
- Not wearing a seatbelt would mean a fine of Rs 1,000.
- Talking on a mobile phone while driving, could mean a fine of Rs 5,000, up from Rs 1,000.
- A Motor Vehicle Accident Fund would be created which would provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India. This is for certain types of accidents.
- It would be compulsory to alter vehicles so that they are suitable for specially abled people.
- There is a time limit of 6 months which has been specified for an application of compensation to the claims tribunal, with regard to road accidents.
- The time limit for the renewal of your driving license has been increased from one month to one year before and after the expiry date.
- The Motor Vehicle Act removes the cap on liability for third-party insurance. The 2016 Bill had capped the maximum liability at just Rs 10 Lakhs in case of death and Rs 5 Lakhs in case of grievous injury.
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2. Motor Vehicle Act Punishes Sub-standard Manufacturing and Construction
- Contractors, Consultants and Civic agents will be held accountable for any faulty design, construction and poor maintenance of roads which leads to accidents.
- The Government could recall vehicles whose components and engine do not meet requisite standards. Manufacturers could be fined up to Rs 500 Crores in case of sub-standard components or engine.
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A study conducted by UN says that India's GDP takes a 3% hit every year because of road accidents. India loses $58 Billion annually due to road accidents. The motor vehicle act (amendment) bill 2017, aims to protect the youth of India and the wealth of the country. Be Wise, Get Rich.