Motor Vehicle Bill (Amendment)

Motor Vehicle Bill (Amendment) 2020 (Fines and Penalty)

What does the Bill plan to achieve?

The Union Cabinet which is headed by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has given the approval for the amendment of the Motor Vehicle bill 2016. The amendments are aimed to improve:

  • The road accidents – every year nearly 5 lakh road accidents are reported of which 1.5 lakh deaths are reported. By taking this action, the government assumes that the deaths by road accidents will reduce by 50% in the next five years.
  • There is a severe shortage of commercial drivers in the country as of now. This bill will help address that issue. The driving training process has been strengthened under this amendment and there will be faster issuance of transport licenses from here onwards.
  • The process for testing the automobiles and for obtaining certifications for them is proposed to be fast track. Those agencies that were under automobile testing have now been brought under this Act.
  • The delivery of services to the stakeholders needs to be improved and that too has been addressed under this system. This is mainly being targeted to achieve through e-governance. Doing away with educational qualifications for obtaining driving licenses and obtaining licenses through electronic medium and addressing issues of extension of licenses through e-governance are some of the recommendations.

What else does the bill propose?