Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act aimed at 'protecting country from accidents and deaths,' says Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar said the amended of Motor Vehicles law will bring discipline on roads and the police will need to fine fewer people in the next four months.

Asian News International September 08, 2019 23:16:31 IST
Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act aimed at 'protecting country from accidents and deaths,' says Prakash Javadekar
  • Prakash Javadekar said the amended of Motor Vehicles law will bring discipline on roads and the police will need to fine fewer people in the next four months

  • Addressing a press conference here to mark 100 days of the Modi government, the Information & Broadcasting Minister released a booklet on the works done during the period

  • 'It is a learning curve ... in four months, fewer people will be challaned,' he said, adding that drivers will become aware of their duties and discipline will emerge on roads.

New Delhi: The amended Motor Vehicles law will bring discipline on roads and the police will need to hand challans to fewer people in the next four months, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday, as he defended stiff penalties for violations of traffic rules.

Motor Vehicles Amendment Act aimed at protecting country from accidents and deaths says Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar speaking to media in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi to mark 100 days of the Modi government, the Information & Broadcasting Minister released a booklet on the works done during the period.

Asked about the recent changes in the MV Act, he said the amendments will help discipline drivers and bring accountability.

"It is a learning curve ... in four months, fewer people will be challaned," he said, adding that drivers will become aware of their duties and discipline will emerge on roads.

"Don't we have to protect the country from accidents and deaths? Nearly 1.5 lakh people die and 4 lakh are injured every year due to road accidents ... and what are we asking for helmets, wearing seat belts, valid license," he said.

He said he feels like laughing when stories appear that a fine of Rs 25,000 was imposed on a person who had a scooter worth Rs 15,000.

"The time has gone when you don't follow the law and not keep even a single paper (registration, license, pollution check certificate," he said.

Under the amended law, the penalty for driving without a licence has been increased 10 times to Rs 5,000, while the penalty for drunk driving has been increased by five times to Rs 10,000. Several other fines have been hiked to bring in discipline on roads.

 

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