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Internet speed far below what service providers claim: Study

Vehicle makers, govt agencies urged to focus on road safety

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Over 76,000 booked for speeding in city since July, says DCP

Speaking at a seminar on car safety organised by the Consumers’ Association of India and Consumer Voice on Thursday, North Chennai Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) D. Shanmugha Priya said starting July, the State Road Safety Council has been strictly implementing the Supreme Court Committee’s recommendations of cancelling or suspending drivers’ licences for traffic violations. The Council, chaired by the Transport Minister, includes officials from various government departments, including highways and transport and the police.Read More

Road safety will be impacted by delay lament NGOs and activists, write to Rajya Sabha Chairperson

 It has emerged that the Select Committee constituted by the Rajya Sabha to look into and resolve issues raised by the opposition in the monsoon session of the Parliament has missed the deadline set for it by the house to submit its report recommending changes to the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2017.The Committee, chaired by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) had been instructed to table its report by the first day of the winter session, without extension of time. Read More

The Bill that will change the way India drives may come up in this Winter Session

The Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill 2017, which proposes imposition of hefty penalties on auto companies found manufacturing faulty vehicles, is coming up in the Rajya Sabha in this Winter Session. The Bill also seeks statuary guidelines for cab aggregators and a 10% annual increase in penalties for traffic rule violations. Read More

Consumer VOICE welcomes NGT Order against hookah bar owners in Delhi

In an observational study conducted by Consumer VOICE, a pioneer consumer protection group working for consumer education and issues since 1983, in partnership with MART found that Hookah bars continue to be located near educational institutions in Delhi, and none of them had personnel checking the age of the customers. Warrants were issued by the National Green Tribunal against hookah bar owners in Delhi in the case of use of tobacco of any kind in any hookah and their services to the customers in the restaurants/hotels. Read More

‘Hookah bars still running near schools’

The survey found that 17% of the minors surveyed — from the age of 13 upwards — consumed hookah in these bars. The timings of visit by children and young adults in these bars coincided with school hours or immediately after. Read More

Deaths in road accidents see steepest decline ever

Asim Sanyal of Consumer Voice, a non-profit entity campaigning for the improvement in Motor Vehicles law said, "We have appealed to the law makers that if the MV Amendments Bill is further deferred, we will be putting at risk precious lives of citizens. Stronger law backed by better enforcement have reduced road deaths in other countries." Read More
Tobacco Ban

Tobacco products still available around Delhi schools despite ban

Observational visit was undertaken by Consumer Voice Delhi, an organisation working on consumer issues, covered 30 schools in south and east Delhi. They found tobacco being sold in 11 schools. The non-government organisation covered both government and private schools. 
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CAIT for early passage of Consumer Protection Bill

"In the changing market place with e-commerce and financial products having made heavy inroads, the outdated Consumer Protection Act of 1988 serves little or no purpose in protecting consumers. Blatant misleading advertisements are selling norms today. Thus the only way to protect consumers from falling prey is to introduce authoritative powers, strengthening of consumer commissions, class action suits, penalties and host of other measures as exist in the draft amendment bill," Ashim Sanyal, COO of NGO Consumer VOICE, told IANS. Read More