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ROAD TO SAFETY THROUGH PASSAGE OF MOTOR VEHICLES(AMENDMENT) BILL 2017

Budget session of parliament is going on and every citizen is eager to know what this parliamentary session is going to bring for them. Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2017 which was passed by lok sabha in 2017 is also listed for discussion in the Rajya Sabha in the current session.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2017 is on the anvil, and the parliamentarians, need to pass the bill and ensure that the right provisions for improving road safety become the law.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million people die each year, and up to 50 million are injured, on the world’s roads. India is a signatory to the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety which aims to bring down road accidents by 50% by 2020.

To achieve this goal India has a responsibility to enact appropriate legislation especially when it comes to the safety of vulnerable section of the society including children.

Road safety has been a huge concern in the country, where annually more than 1.5 lakh people die in road accidents and more than 5 lakhs are severely injured. India, which loses 3% of its GDP to road accidents, has one of the least safe roads in the world.

The passage of the MVA Bill is key to improve road safety and help India meet its target of reducing by half the burden of road injuries and fatalities by 2020.

The Bill, in addition to increasing the low traffic fines also proposes increase in penalties for some of the most serious traffic violations. It will allow parents of juveniles involved in accidents to be held criminally liable and allows for punishment of contractors for poor design and maintenance of roads.

Some time back Consumer VOICE along with its ten state partners gathered support   from Parliamentarians of both Houses of Parliament and cutting across party lines, who wrote to the prime minister, urging the government to expedite the introduction of strong road-safety legislation.   Besides this a lot many other MP’s have shown solidarity in the passage of the bill at the earliest by writing to PM directly. This shows the parliamentarians concern for saving lives on roads.

According to Mr.Ashim Sanyal,Chief Operating Officer ,Consumer VOICE  “Each and every day we are losing precious lives on Indian Roads. Each life is precious and we cannot lose 413 lives every day in preventable road accidents. Strengthen the road safety to reduce fatalities and save 1, 50,785 lives every year should be the priority. We can’t wait to see people suffering and MVA Bill should be passed without further delay in the current session of the parliament”

National Coalition on road safety led by Consumer VOICE also wrote to Shri Venkaiah Naidu Hon’ble Vice President &  Rajya Sabha  Chiarman, Shri Prof. P.J. Kurien, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha,Shri Nitin Gadkari ,Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Highways and to Dr. Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, and Chairman, Select Committee on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 expressing concern over delay in passage of the bill.

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