With an aim to reach global standards in road safety standards, the Union Cabinet is likely to take up amendment in the Motor Vehicle Act, and may approve of the amendment in vehicle recall policy in the act. Cabinet may also approve of higher penalties for traffic offences, Bloomberg TV reported. There is no provision or policy yet where automobiles have to call vehicles back which do not comply with safety standards. Government also plans to appoint a nodal agency which will be investigating around the safety standards and recommend the government on recalls.
Local automobiles in developed countries like UK, US and Japan, follow a voluntary code to order recalls, and since 2012, millions of cars have been called back due to defects. According to the draft proposed, the nodal body will look into the defects which many consumers might complain of, and after investigations on consumer feedback and accident data and share it with the manufacturers, who will then decide on the recall.
Another amendment might include an increase in penalty including fine and licence suspension and also jail terms. This amendment also includes proper issue of driving licences and automobile registration certificates.