SaveLIFE Foundation welcomes the introduction of Motor Vehicles Bill
In a major move to strengthen the legislative framework around Road Safety in the country, the Lok Sabha today introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill (MVAB), 2019. The Bill was introduced by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Cabinet Minister of Road Transport and Highways. With the introduction of the Bill in Lok Sabha, the legislative process to ensure that India has a national road safety legislation has been kickstarted again.
The MVAB, 2019 is a comprehensive legislation which strengthens the three-decade old Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.The Amendment Bill rectifies several systemic issues by providing for a uniform driver licensing system, protection of children and vulnerable road users, rationalizing penalties and much more. The Bill was also part of the previous Government’s agenda as Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2017 and even though it was unanimously passed by the 16th Lok Sabha, it lapsed because it wasn’t passed in Rajya Sabha.
As an organization committed to improving Road Safety in India, SaveLIFE welcomes the introduction of the Bill in Lok Sabha. Commenting on the development, Founder of SaveLIFE Foundation, Mr. Piyush Tewari said,
“This Bill is an important first step to improve road safety in India. It will help us meet our international commitment under Brasilia Declaration to halve the road crash deaths by 2020. The Bill also introduces a digitized licensing system which will foster transparency and weed out corruption. The next important step is speedy passage in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to ensure fullimplementation of the Legislation.”