Will the proposed amendments in the Motor Vehicle Act, increase the road safety?In India, about 5 lakh road accidents take place annually in which 1.5 lakh people lose their life. Recently the union cabinet has approved Motor vehicle (Amendment) 2016 vide which many provisions for increased road safety have been proposed. Some of the major proposals are as follows -
1. Compensation for hit and run cases has been increased from the present Rs. 25000 to Rs. 2 lakhs.
2. The penalty for not wearing helmets increased from Rs. 100 to Rs 1000 and disqualification for 3 months for the licence.
3. The penalty for verloading of two-wheelers increased from Rs. 100 to Rs 2000 and disqualification for 3 months for the licence.
4. In cases of offences by underage children, the guardian / owner shall be deemed to be guilty and a penalty of Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment can be imposed.
There are many other such proposals.
Will the proposed amendments in the Motor Vehicle Act, increase the road safety?