Motor Vehicle Act: Parliamentary panel asks for stricter law
Concerned over road rage in on Indian roads, a parliamentary panel has asked the Centre to make necessary changes in the motor vehicle laws to curb such incidents. The Parliamentary Standing Committee of Petitions, headed by Prabhat Jha, has tabled a report in the Rajya Sabha asking the government to immediately address road rage issue.
The parliamentary panel put forth nine-point formula to check road rage. The recommendations include meditation lessons for police and introduction of a road rage prevention curriculum in schools and colleges, reports Indiatoday.in.
Among other measures are listed enforcement of present traffic laws and rules stringently, enhancing penalties and punishments for road rage, regulate the possession of firearms for people not authorised for carrying firearms including strict penal provisions for its violation, mandatory training on road rage management linked to issuance of driving licenses, driver's education and publication of road rage manual.
The parliamentary panel's report has recommended "suitable punitive deterrents so that the traffic rules are strictly adhered to and road rage incidents are curbed." The panel further recommended "strict regulation including penal provisions for possession of firearms by people not authorised for carrying firearms in their vehicles so as to check its misuse on the occurrence of road rage."
"Given condition of roads, traffic, density, unruly behaviour of some people and poor implementation of existing laws, it may not be advisable to frame a Separate Law. Instead a separate chapter may be added in the Road Transport and Safety Bill pending in Parliament," stated the panel.
In March this year, the Cabinet approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016 that provides for linking of driving licence and vehicle registration with Aadhaar-based platform and proposes heavy penalties for traffic violations.