Parties to submit objections on proposed Motor Vehicles Bill in Rajya Sabha on Monday

27 July 2017, 07:40 PM
Representative Image/ File Photo
Representative Image/ File Photo

All parties to give their objections on the the proposed Motor Vehicles Bill in writing in the Rajya Sabha to Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Monday, said Minister of Road and Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday. 

Gadkari informed about the development to the media after an all-party meeting held on the bill which aims at bringing radical reforms in the transport sector. 

"It was decided in the meeting that all parties will give their objections in writing to the Deputy Chairman," Gadkari told reporters. 

Opposition parties have been demanding the bill should be referred to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha alleging that the provisions in the bill are too harsh.

Gadkari also informed the media that another all-party meeting will be held if matters are not resolved. 

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“There is an imperative need to bring the Act expeditiously as India accounts for about 5 lakhs accidents per annum and a delay will lead to unnecessary loss of lives,” he added. 

The bill aims at bringing radical reforms in the transport sector like heftier fines for traffic rule violations, improve licensing system. The new bill seeks to amend the 30-year old Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. 

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The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2016 but got stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the Opposition members demanded and overlook by the Select Committee of the House for scrutiny. 

The bill has already been examined by the Standing Committee on Transport and Tourism.

First Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 07:19 PM
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