Par­ents may face ac­tion for let­ting mi­nors drive

Mi­nor from city in­volved in mishap even as Cen­tre mulls tough laws

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment is set to back a pro­posal to pun­ish the par­ents of chil­dren who drive, a move aimed at curb­ing ris­ing fatalities from the un­der­age get­ting be­hind the wheel.

The plan is to amend the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles (MV) Act to in­tro­duce a pro­vi­sion to charge the par­ents of ju­ve­nile driv­ers in­volved in crashes and send the er­rant mi­nors to do com­mu­nity ser­vice. The road trans­port min­istry is likely to dis­cuss the pro­posal at a meet­ing of state trans­port sec­re­taries on April 22.

“If a mi­nor is in­volved, it will be pre­sumed that the par­ents know and will­ingly al­lowed or in­flu­enced the child. So, they should be held ac­count­able for al­low­ing the mi­nor to drive,” a source said on Wed­nes­day.

The quan­tum of pun­ish­ment for par­ents and the du­ra­tion of com­mu­nity ser­vice f or er­rant mi­nors will be worked out after con­sult­ing the states, the source said.

“Since road trans­port is on the con­cur­rent list, states will have to agree. If there is una­nim­ity, a de­ci­sion can be taken at the April 29 meet­ing of the em­pow­ered group of state trans­port min­is­ters re­view­ing road safety.”

The gov­ern­ment’s push for stricter road safety comes amid a grow­ing call to make par­ents ac­count­able after a Class 12 stu­dent in north Delhi’s up­mar- ket Civil Lines mowed down a 33-year-old mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant with his fa­ther’s Mercedes car on Sun­day.

The fa­ther of the teen, who turned 18 four days after the ac­ci­dent, was charged with abet­ment to culpable homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der but was granted bail. CON­TIN­UED ON P11

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