Editorial Simplified : 13th Day of April 2017

This Series of posts covers the essential Editorial from prominent newspapers. The Editorial from the newspapers are compiled by the Subject Teachers form the Academy and provided in notes format so that the aspirants does not waste their precious time in sifting through the newspapers. 

The Hindu

Editorial : Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill

Context:

Changes proposed to the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act of 1988

Important Points:

  • The Central government has introduced the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 1988 which has been passed by the Lok Sabha but could not pass the Upper House in this session.
  • The said Bill seeks to give the Centre a direct role in the reforms proposed, since it will introduce guidelines that bind State governments in several areas, notably in creating a framework for taxicab aggregators, financing insurance to treat the injured and to compensate families of the dead in hit-and-run cases, prescribing standards for electronically monitoring highways and urban roads for enforcement and modernising driver licensing. 
  • The changes proposed by the Centre hinge on the concurrent nature of road transport giving centre the legal authority to introduce changes but stifling the room for federal spirit.
  • To its credit, the Central government had, however, introduced a consultative mechanism of state transport ministers who have collectively arrived at the changes.
  • The changes proposed steeply increase the penalties for several offences, notably drunken driving, speeding, jumping red lights etc but the current situation of lax implementation fails to make heavy penalties a deterrent for offenders.
  • What we need is an accountable and professional police to for effective enforcement of these rules so that accident fatalities can be brought down from almost 1,50,000 in 2015
  • The states should now buck up and improve their capacities and take the entire process of issuing driving licenses online.
  • Another important area of reform is the good Samaritan law which needs to encourage bystanders to rush to the aid of accident victims without fear of being embroiled in the legal process afterwards.

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