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    NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEBINAR

    Nitin Gadkari, the Road Transport, Highways, and MSME Minister said road fatalities can be reduced by 50 per cent by 2025 as against the target of 2030 while addressing a webinar organised by Consumer VOICE along with the other partners of the Road Safety Network.  The webinar was organised on September 1, 2020 to mark the completion of one year of Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019. Read More

    ROAD TO MOTOR VEHICLES AMENDMENT ACT 2019

     

    According to the road transport and highways ministry, half a million accidents are reported in India every year, in which 150,000 people lose their lives.

    A long awaited Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 that introduces several amendments in the 30-year-old law has been passed by the Lok Sabha on 23rd July 2019 and Rajya Sabha on 31st July 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind on 9th Aug 2019 gave assent to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, that aims to make Indian roads safer, reduce corruption and use technology to overhaul the country’s transportation system.

    The amendments mainly focus on issues relating to improving road safety, citizens’ facilitation while dealing with the transport department, strengthening rural transport, last-mile connectivity and public transport, automation and computerization and enabling online services. The Bill was introduced in Parliament by the road transport and highway ministry in 2016, after which it was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2017. However, it failed to gather support in the Rajya Sabha.

    LIST OF INCREASED PENALTIES UNDER MOTOR VEHICLE AMENDMENT ACT 2019

     

     

    The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) notified, the provisions of Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019, for enhanced penalties (including Speeding, drink driving, helmet, SB), came into effect from September 1, 2019.

    Section(Old Section) Old Provision/PropertyNew Proposed Provision/Minimum Penalties
    177GeneralRs 100Rs 500
    New 177ARules of road regulation violationRs 100Rs 500
    178Travel without ticketRs 100Rs 500
    179Disobedience of orders of authoritiesRs 100Rs 500
    180Unauthorized use of vehicles without licenceRs 1,000Rs 5,000
    181Driving without licenceRs 500Rs 5,000
    182Driving despite disqualificationRs 500Rs 10,000
    182 BOversize vehiclesNewNew
    183Over speedingRs 400Rs 1,000 for LMV, Rs 2,000 for medium passenger vehicles
    184Dangerous driving penaltyRs 1,000Up to Rs 5,000
    185Drunken drivingRs 2,000Rs 10,000
    189Speeding/ RacingRs 500Rs 5,000
    192 AVehicle without permitUp to Rs 5,000Up to Rs 10,000
    193Aggregators (violation of licencing conditions)NewRs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh
    194OverloadingRs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 per extra tonneRs 20,000 and Rs 2,000 per extra tonne
    194 AOverloading of passengersRs 1,000 per extra passenger
    194 BSeat beltRs 100Rs 1,000
    194 COverloading of two-wheelersRs 100Rs 2,000, disqualification of licence for three months
    194 DHelmetsRs 100Rs 1,000, disqualification of licence for three months
    194 ENot providing way for emergency vehiclesNewRs 10,000
    196Driving without insuranceRs 1,000Rs 2,000
    199Offences by juvenilesNewGuardian/ owner shall be deemed to be guilty. Rs 25,000 fine with 3 years imprisonment. Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act. Registration of motor vehicle to be cancelled.
    206Power of officers to impound documents Suspension of driving licences u/s 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E.
    210 BOffences committed by enforcing authoritiesTwice the penalty under the relevant section.

    SIX MAIN RISK FACTORS OF ROAD SAFETY

    1. Seat Belt

    Seat belts dramatically reduce risk of death and serious injury. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries.

    1. Speed

    The speed of motor vehicles is at the core of the road traffic injury problem. Speed influences both crash risk and crash consequence. The physical layout of the road and its surroundings can both encourage and discourage speed. Crash risk increases as speed increases, especially at road junctions and while overtaking – as road users underestimate the speed and overestimate the distance of an approaching vehicle.

    1. Helmet

    The main risk factor for motorized two-wheeler users is the non-use of crash helmets. The lack or inappropriate use of helmets increase the risk of fatalities and injuries resulting from road crashes involving motorized twowheelers. Head injuries are a major cause of death, injury and disability among users of motorized twowheel vehicles. Many of these head injuries could have been prevented or their severity reduced through the use of simple and inexpensive helmets.

    1. Drink & Drive

    Impairment by alcohol is an important factor influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes.

    1. Child Restraints

    A child safety seat is a seat designed specifically to protect children from injury or death during vehicle collisions. Child restraints work in the same way as adult seat-belts.

    1. Mobile distractive driving

    Using mobile phones can cause drivers to take their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, and their minds off the road and the surrounding situation. This cognitive distraction have the biggest impact on driving behaviour.

    IMPACT

    • We submitted a petition on December 2015 to the Honorable Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari and State Minister for an immediate introduction of Road Safety Bill in monsoon session at central level.
    • At state level our partners have submitted petition to Transport Ministers of the respective states and copies have been sent to Shri Nitin Gadkari.
    • We have received support from 58 Members of Parliament across all parties.
    • Workshops and Candle Marches were held on World Day of Remembrance (WDR) for Road Safety across major states and cities in India like Chandigarh, Lucknow, Cuttack, Bhopal and Patna which were a huge success.
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    Some of the important activities that formed part of our campaign were:
    • Consumer VOICE organized Cyclothon (Cycle Rally) event on January 7, 2017  on the occasion of Road Safety Week at Nehru Park, Neeti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The theme of the Cyclothon was ‘Child Safety
      and Safer Roads – Every Life Counts’.
    • The VOICE team also approached relevant ministries (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry (MORTH) and Ministry of Consumer Affairs to push for the bill.
    • World Day of Remembrance (WDR) was organised in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from 15th till 20th November in 10 states
    • A National workshop was held on February 2015 to brief our state partners to garner support from MPs across states.

    WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE (WDR) 2019

    World Day of Remembrance 2019 “Life is not a Car Part” The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November every year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and …. Read more

    CAMPAIGN UPDATES

    MEDIA REITERATES OUR EFFORTS

    Walk to create road safety awareness

    November 18, 2019 | The Telegraph

    Citizens on Sunday participated in a walk organised by  … Read more

    City observes World Day of Remembrance

    November 18, 2019 | The Sentinel

    Consumer’s Legal Protection Forum, Assam, Consumer VOICE, …. Read more

    Road Safety Network urges the government to issue an ordinance on road safety

    February15, 2019 | Business Standard

    A day after the last session of the current Lok Sabha, the Road Safety Network … Read more

    Citizens Awareness Group holds walk in memory of mishap victims

    Nov 19, 2018 | Times of India

    The Citizens Awareness Group here organized a walk which originated from … Read more

    Citizens Awareness Group holds walk

    Nov 19, 2018 | The Pioneer

    Citizens Awareness Group, Chandigarh with support from Consumer Voice,.. Read more