Bill of Safety
Motor Vehicle Amendment bill(2019) aims to make our roads safer
IT IS NO SECRET THAT OUR ROADS are among the most dangerous in the world. And that is not just an empty statement. The fact is supported by statistics that are simply shocking. Every year more than 1,50,000 people lose their lives in road accidents in the country.
The Motor Vehicles Amendment bill 2019 should make our roads safer by heavily penalising road offences. Good samaritans will also no longer have to fear harassment from authorities and can help victims of road accidents without having to disclose their identity to police or medical personnel. In hit and run cases, the government will pay compensation to the victim's kin of `2 lakh instead of `25,000 earlier.
The fine for drunk driving has been increased from `2000 to `10,000. The fine for overspeeding has gone up from `400 to `1,0002,000. Not wearing seatbelts would now attract a fine of `1000 as against a paltry `100 earlier.
Chatting on a mobile phone while driving will also be penalised heavily and will attract a fine of `5000, up from `1000 while the fine for rash driving has been increased from `1000 earlier to `5000 now.