The Supreme Court has today asked the Centre to amend certain rules to provide harsher punishment for rash and negligent driving. The bench headed by justice Dipak Mishra stressed that people are dying in roads. The bench observed that there has to be fear of law among people who are indulged in rash and reckless driving at the cost of lives of other people, saying people are losing their limbs and even lives because of this.
Earlier this year, the top court had expressed concern over loss of nearly 400 lives nearly every day and said that that the current two year jail for the offence is not enought.
In September, the top court favoured strict punishment under section 304A of Indian Penal Code, which has a provision for a maximum jail term of two years. While hearing a case of a rash driving, it favoured strict punishment for a driver who was found guilty of causing the death of a person.
The apex court had also said that it has asked the legislature on two occasions previously to amend the current provisions under the law, which is usually applied in cases of hurt caused due to rash driving. During the hearing, it had remarked the given section as “completely inadequate.”