Good Step by Modi Govt

With the aim to reduce the number of road accidents in the country by adopting international best practices, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will introduce the new Motor Vehicles Bill in the next session of Parliament.

“To reduce the number of accidents in the country, to do away with red-tapism, to use e-governance we will bring the Motor Vehicles Bill, which will replace the existing Motor Vehicles Act, 1988,” said Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, while addressing a conference on road safety here today.

He added that his ministry will soon start the process of seeking comments from various stakeholders and bring a fresh bill in the winter session of Parliament.

The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, being prepared, will be in sync with practices in six advanced nations — the US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK.

“We will commence seeking comments from all stakeholders and bring the bill in the next session of Parliament,” Gadkari, who also holds charge of the Ministry of Rural Development, said here.

The new bill is aimed at adopting international best practices in road safety which will help in the reduction of road accidents in the country.

The ministry will soon conduct a scientific study of the matter under which it will seek comments from the States and other stakeholders on the subject.

“There are over 100 touts outside every RTO (Regional Transport Office) in the country, which prepare driving licences,” Gadkari said.

The new bill will overhaul the sector by bringing the corrupt practices in the RTOs to an end. more  

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Rules of the Road should be in the syllabus of Primary school education . most of the Road Users are not aware , when they are using it . We must not compare other Countries when we dont have proper Roads as per standard , Learn from Nepal how disciplined are Motorist when they are compelled to follow Rules of the Road . more  
As member of National Road Transport Policy(8yrs ago),and a member of Sub-Committee of Planning Commission on identical subject I've had the rare privilege of purveying global literature on innumerable interconnected aspects of Road Transport. Adraft Policy document had been given to the MOST(Ministry of Surface Transport,as was the name long ago) and on receipt of responses from stakeholders(States/Experts/General Public etc),through iterative process,a final document for inter-ministerial discussion,and then for acceptance by GoM was circulated. The last outcome is not known. The National Urban Transport Policy had been finalised and put on the Ministry's website virtually at the same time. In reality the emphasis on "public transport" is still missing inspite of exhortation by global/local Authorities/experts. The vested interests in "automobile sector" and confusion/clash within the Govt have not allowed requisite expansion of public transport(safe/affordable/efficient/inclusive) countrywide,as it offers nothing to political coffers(people/party). A ruthless system,as followed in Singapore,alone can provide proper answer to the needs of national passenger road transport. Use of technolgy(RFIDs,video photographed Weighing system for commercial vehicles, speed monitoring radars/cameras etc) could help reduce lots problems, like Toll queues,corrupt practices,damage to roads on account of over-loaded vehicles,accidents and so on. A massive nationwide sustained campaign,invoving Home Guards and students(say specially NSS volunteers) could help build a culture of safe road use. This coupled with media campaign and non-discriminatory stringent enforcement of road safety Rules/Regulations,on part of all ranks of police could greatly cut down on accident cases. Tokenism,or cosmetic touch,seen hitherto,wouldn't do. Top technical Institutions and professionals(architects,highways enginners town and country planners etc) must be involved in meaningful ways of ensuring short and long term practical yet innovative solutions for better and safer road use. Yes,harnessing technology could provide freedom from all pervasive corruption in Transport Dept. The policy itself must be reviewed and finalised with crowdsourced suggestions/comments,properly studied/analysed. The Speakers of Parlament/Assemblies must hold All-Party meets to stress the need for all political parties to refrain from causing road-obstructions,and to allow relocation of Statues etc that hinder better transport system.The nation,as a whole has to exhibit high level of discipline for road use. Much better systems for handling road-accident victims(involving emergency medical management) is called for through both legislation and executive action. Research and Development on on-going basis is called for,say through setting up of a multi-member National Road Transport Board/Commission. It has to work with SMART objectives. (Specific,Measurable,Attainable,Realistic and Time-bound). I,m game to be associated with any exercise under way,in this regard. S P Mathur IPS DGP BE MBA PhD
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