Motor Vehicles Bill to propose regulation and road safety authority

Written by Timsy Jaipuria | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 13 2014, 06:18am hrs
The new Motor Vehicles Bill which is likely to be unveiled soon would propose a new Motor Vehicle Regulation and Road Safety Authority.

According to sources, the new draft Bill has laid great emphasis on road safety and traffic management through new agencies which will be specifically dedicated towards forming new laws and implementation of the same.

The new legislation which is expected to be passed in the upcoming Winter session will be put up on the road ministry's website by Saturday seeking suggestions from stakeholders.

The Bill will also frame a policy for a unified driving licence system and unified vehicle registration system to improve efficiency and efficacy across the country.

The draft bill talks about having a set regulation for motor vehicles incorporating the best practices in six advanced nations US, Japan, Germany, UK, Singapore and Australia.

The Bill, which has been drafted with the help of the World Bank, World Health Organisation and various reputed law firms, aims to reduce the number of deaths in road accidents in a year by half, among other things.

To reduce the number of road accidents on National Highways, according to the new Bill, a dedicated force for National Highway Traffic regulation and protection will be carved out. This force will be actively deployed on highways to monitor and check the implementation of national highway traffic rules.

It also proposes to create a National Road Transport and Multimodal Coordination Authority. "The aim of this authority will be to coordinate the issues of road transport and other mode of transport," officials said.

Some of the other provisions which will be a part of the Bill are on Public Passenger Transport and Road Safety and Traffic Management.

The Bill will also cater to issues related to infrastructure and multimodal facilitation and insurance of motor vehicles against third party risk.

There will also be special tribunals which will be created for claims and claim settlements.