Cabinet may take up Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in February

The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, being prepared, will be in sync with practices in six advanced nations – US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

hidden December 30, 2014 22:47:07 IST
Cabinet may take up Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in February

New Delhi: Government is considering changes in the Motor Vehicles Act to bring in global best practices in areas like road safety.

"The Cabinet note on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill has been circulated and is likely to be taken up in February," Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

Cabinet may take up Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in February

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. AFP

The minister said that he received suggestions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the road ministry's proposal seeking
amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988.

"We made presentation to the prime minister and he has given us some suggestions on the matter. Cabinet Secretary has
also given his suggestions, we will again go to the cabinet and then it will be converted into a bill which will be introduced in the next Parliament session," he said.

However, the minister did not divulge suggestions made by the prime minister.

The minister had earlier said that his ministry had done much work on the new Bill that would overhaul the current obsolete law and usher in such a system which would make country's roads much safer with strict adherence to safety norms.

The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, being prepared, will be in sync with practices in six advanced nations – US, Canada,
Singapore, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Also, the government in the winter session of Parliament had introduced a Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill to regularise
battery-driven rickshaws.

However, the Bill could not get through Parliament and the Cabinet last week approved promulgation of an Ordinance to pave the way for plying of e-rickshaws on roads of National Capital Region.

On the clause of e-rickshaws in the proposal, Gadkari said, "It is not an autorickshaw or a four-wheeler, it should only be compared with the cycle rickshaw.

"Pulling cycle rickshaw is an inhuman practise and we should put an end to it and we have also kept the safety aspects in mind before allowing plying of e-rickshaws on city roads."

E-rickshaws or battery-operated three-wheeler vehicles had gone off roads after Delhi High Court banned their plying
in July on safety concerns.

The new law will provide a corruption free and transparent system with a proper record of driving licences.

Data would be utilised in e-governance.

When asked about progress on the Delhi-Meerut highway, Gadkari said, "We had discussions on the Delhi-Meerut highway, have discussed alternative options for the same also, will discuss with the state government and other stakeholders before finalising the final allignment for the highway.

On the issue of toll collection at highways, the minister said, "We are examining the issue related to toll for passenger vehicles, we have scrapped toll on 60 highway projects. We have to find a way out by not having to burden the government by giving compensation and the companies should also not suffer."

The auto makers have said that air bags (for safety) in cars should not be made mandatory.

Gadkari said, "Whether it is an economy model or a luxury model vehicles, whatever is required for insuring safety of
the passengers they should be adopted.

He added, "We will not compromise on road safety."

From road safety to pollution, the government is committed to the cleaner environment too. After launching Swacch Bharat, the government is currently working on 'Pradushan Mukt Bharat', Gadkari said.

By the way of this campaign the government will encourage the use of electric and biodiesel, ethanol and bio-gas cars.

PTI

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