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Heavy penalty to offenders: Minister

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The News Bureau, Feb 6

Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari speaking at a meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Members of Parliament on Thursday said the Road Transport and Safety Bill provides more stringent penalties to offenders.

The Bill envisages for enforcement of modern safety technologies.  It provides creation of a motor vehicle accident fund for immediate relief to the accident victim. It also gives spec

al emphasis on safety of school children and security of women. 

A graded penalty point system would act as a deterrent and improve traffic condition whereas electronic detection and centralized information of offences would facilitate to identify repeat-offenders, he said.

The draft proposes to introduce an independent agency – the National Road Safety Authority of India, which would be an independent, legally empowered and accountable agency. It shall be accountable to the Parliament and government.

No duplicate license

The new Bill also provides for establishment of State Safety Authorities which shall act in accordance with the directions issued by the National Authority. He informed that the Bill seeks to establish a unified driver licensing system.

Such a system would facilitate anywhere licence application mechanism and mitigate duplication of licences from various regional transport offices.

There would be a

unified vehicle registration system to enable electronic and online submission of applications for registration at any registering authority leading to real time interchange of data relating to such an activity.

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