India is the world leader in deaths caused by road accidents. This has been Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s constant lament for months. But Gadkari’s hope that the country will dump the dubious distinction after amending the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act realised on Wednesday.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 23. With the Budget Session being extended, the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill is all set to become a law as it has cleared the Rajya Sabha and now awaits final signatures from the president. The amendment bill brings about a sea change in how Indian roads and vehicular transportation are governed.
The bill aims to infuse more discipline on roads by tightening rules and increasing penalties as well as doing away with redundant regulations. At the same time, it presents a humane face to people who help road accident victims and offers considerable financial protection to them.