Lok Sabha passes Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill

A bill to unleash radical reforms in the transport sector by ensuring 100 per cent e-governance, checking bogus driving licenses and vehicle thefts, slapping heavy penalty on traffic violators was approved by the Lok Sabha.

All efforts would be made to eliminate corruption in the sector, Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari said while replying to a discussion on the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016, claiming that “no bogus driving licenses would be made and there would be no theft of the vehicles once there is e-governance.”

There should be uniformity in the rules concerning issuance of driving licenses, the minister said, adding that through “e-governance, there would be provision of electronic registration.”

The bill seeks to “save lives” by ushering in radical reforms in the motor vehicles law to slap heavy penalty on traffic violators, protecting good samaritans and making vehicle-makers responsible for design defects to cut road accidents.

The basic aim of the Bill is “to save human lives”, as a whopping five lakh accidents take place every year claiming around 1.5 lakh lives across the country.

“Once we (BJP) complete five years, we would be able to save 50 per cent lives lost due to road accidents. We are working towards it,” Gadkari said.

The minister said once the changes are incorporated in the law, it would be impossible for anyone including VIPs like politicians to obtain driving license without tests.

“Even as a minister, I would not be able to obtain driving license sitting at home,” Gadkari stressed.