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Draft of New Road Safety & Transport Bill 2014
Sep 17, 2014

The Government has released Draft Road Transport & Safety Bill 2014.Seeking to come down heavily on traffic offenders, the bill proposed steep penalties.

Key Features of the Bill:

  • Rs 3 lakh along with a minimum 7-year imprisonment for death of a child in certain circumstances.

  • A fine of Rs 5 lakh per vehicle as well as imprisonment for faulty manufacturing design, besides cancellation of licences for rash and negligent driving. 

  • A penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh or imprisonment for six months which may extend to one year or both in case of using vehicle in unsafe conditions.

  • First offence for drunk driving will attract Rs 25,000 fine, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, or with both, and a six-month licence suspension. 

  • Second offence within three years will result in Rs 50,000 penalty or imprisonment for up to one year or both and a one year license suspension. 

  • Causing death of a child in certain circumstances will result in Rs 3 lakh fine, and imprisonment for a term not less than 7 years.

  • Violation of traffic signal three times will result in Rs 15,000 fine, licence cancellation for a month and a compulsory refresher training.

  • Rs 5,000 penalty for violation of provisions related to wearing seat belts while in case of head gears it is Rs 2,500.

  • It also provides for graded point system for imposing fines. 

The Bill is aimed at bringing down fatalities in road accidents by two lakh in the first five years. Other features of the bill include unified vehicle registration system, single National Road Transport & Multinational Coordination Authority and Goods Transport and National Freight Policy. The Golden Hour policy provides for treatment to road accident victims within one hour. It aims to ensure electronic detection and centralised offences information to identify repeat-offenders. The Bill proposes constitution of Highway Traffic Regulation and Protection Force constituted and maintained by the state governments, for the purpose of effective policing and enforcement of traffic regulations on highways.

The Bill proposes a Motor Accidental Fund for the purpose of providing compulsory insurance cover to all road users in the territory of India. 

It has been drafted in sync with the best practices of six advanced nations—US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK. But there is no provisions made in the bill to streamline lane traffic and penalty on lane jumping, wrong side driving as well as to penalize if the local body and police department fail to install traffic signals, signals at pedestrian crossings, zebra crossing markings on the road, big size sign boards etc.

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