Consumer VOICE

Life is a Highway – But be Safe on Roads

1,374 accidents and 400 accidental deaths take place every day on Indian roads

5,00,000 road accidents and 1,46,000 deaths

1,374 accidents and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian roads

National Highways witnessed 49,651 deaths, state highways 41,219 and expressways 1849.

(Source: Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Data 2015 and Annual accidental deaths & suicide report (ADSR) 2015)

These are just a miniscule of the huge data that MORTH (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways) provides on road accidents. So it is needless to say, the importance that needs to be given to road safety in our country. Road accidents provide a serious threat to India which is growing a rapid pace.

Considering it to be a subject of utmost importance Consumer Voice had organized a panel discussion with MPs followed by a Press Conference at Chelmsford Club on 6th of April, 2017. Consumer VOICE has been involved with all aspects of Road Safety for several years now. It has been a frontrunner in urging the government for an immediate introduction of Road Safety Bill in Parliament.

Hon'able Members of Parliament Shri Oscar Fernandes (Ex-Minister-Transport),Shri KTS Tulsi, Prof. P. Bhattacharya, Shri Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, Shri Prabhatsinh  Chauhan,Shri Shankarbhai N. Vegad and Dr. Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu, echoed their sentiments on the MVA bill and assured that they will voice their opinions in both Houses so that the bill is passed with immediate effect.

Before the event, Consumer Voice conducted a quick survey on the proposed Amendment Bill and the response was a great one. The survey result indicated that more than 98% wanted the Motors Vehicle Amendment Bill to be passed in this Parliamentary Session and aspects like high penalties and child safety received an overwhelming response from the respondents. More than 85 % respondents were of view that this Bill should be able to meet UN mandate of reducing accident by 50% by 2020, if it is passed in this parliamentary session and helmet wearing provisions should be made compulsory for all riders. 

Salient Features of Motor Vehicle Amendment Act 2016

Penalty on Auto Companies

Heavy  penalty will be imposed on auto companies caught manufacturing faulty vehicles

Hit and Run Scheme

Compensation will increase from Rs.25,000 in case of death to Rs.2 lakhs. For bodily injury, the amount will increase from Rs 12,500 to 50,000.

Motor Vehicle Accident Fund
A recommendation has been proposed to set up a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund under Section 164B which will be used to provide immediate relief to motor vehicle accident victims and hit cases.

Aadhar linked Driving License

People applying for driving license need to provide their Aadhar number and need not visit the transport office to get a learners' license. It will be all online.

Community Service as Punishment

The Amendment also proposes community service as a means of punishment.

Penalties for Road Violations

10 % annual increase in penalty for traffic violators.

New Laws Concerning Juveniles

Juveline Violators would be tried under  the Juvenile Justice Act.

Protection of Good Samaritans

The Committee has made provision for the safeguarding of Good Samaritans, who are defined as 'individuals who render emergency service and assistance to road accident victims without expectation of a reward or compensation'

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