Repeat traffic offenders will lose licenses

New Delhi :  Repeated violations of traffic rules will result in cancellation of driving license once the government recasts the Motor Vehicles Bill to enforce strict adherence to norms.

“If anyone violates the road rules more than three times, his driving license will be suspended for six months and if he continues to violate after that, then the driving license will be cancelled. These are some of the suggestions under consideration,” Road Transport and Highways and Minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters. His comments come two days after Gopinath Munde, who was the Rural Development Minister, died in a road accident in the national capital.

India reported 4.9 lakh road accidents in 2013 with a death toll of 1.38 lakh. As many as 5.09 lakh persons were injured in road accidents during the year. Gadkari said once the new laws are implemented, they will drastically reduce the number of road deaths.

The new bill is likely to include measures such as installing CCTV cameras at all traffic signals and centralizing data to check misuse of driving licenses.

Also, anyone violating the law will be issued a challan in 24 hours. Contd. on P2

“In a month’s time we will re-draft the Motor Vehicles amendment bill in sync with six advanced nations — the US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK — and thereafter introduce it Parliament,” Gadkari said.

The minister also said all manufacturers of heavy vehicles such as trucks will be asked to make certain changes in the design of the vehicles to incorporate safety requirements.

In six months, public transport vehicles plying in all cities with over 10 lakh population will be fitted with advanced GPS tracking systems for the safety of women.

The bill in its current form provides hefty penalties — almost 10 times more than what traffic violators pay right now — for offences such as over-speeding and drunken driving.

The bill seeks to raise compensation for death resulting from a hit-and-run accident to Rs 1 lakh and for injuries from such incidents to Rs 50,000.

Several provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, especially those related to penalties for violations, have not been found to be effective in checking road accidents. The last time the Act was amended was in 2001.

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