In an attempt to improve road safety in the country, the Cabinet has approved of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill.
Key takeaways from Motor Vehicle amendment bill are as follows:
1. Compensation for Hit and Run cases proposed to be increased from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 2,00,000. Bill also includes provision for payment of compensation upto Rs. 10 lakh in road accident fatalities.
2. Guardian or owner shall be deemed to be guilty in cases of offences by the Juveniles. They will have to pay penalty of Rs. 25,000 apart from undergoing 3 years imprisonment. The juvenile will be tried under Juvenile Justice Act. Registration of his/her motor vehicle will be cancelled.
3. It would enable online learning licenses, increase validity period for driving licenses and do away with the requirement of educational qualifications for transport license.
4. It proposes to have automated fitness testing for the transport vehicles with effect from 1 October 2018.