New Delhi, Aug 9: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday called for cooperation from all political parties in passing The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill as it addresses issues like third party insurance, regulation of taxi aggregators and road safety.
Calling upon members, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, to pass the Bill, Mr Gadkari said safety of citizens was no political issue so the Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha in April 2017, should also be cleared by the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill provides for a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund which would provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India for certain types of accidents.
Responding to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, Mr Gadkari said the liability of the third party insurer for motor vehicle accidents was unlimited in the Bill. He said black spots have been identified and road engineering and the laws -- both have to be improved to take care of casualties in road accidents.
Number of people killed in India was the highest after China and the US, he said, adding that two-wheeler riders were most vulnerable after the pedestrians.
He said 786 black spots have been identified and so far, 189 spots have been rectified. Rectification measures at 256 spots have been sanctioned which are in various stages of implementation.
The Minister said Rs 12,000 crore has been allocated to rectify black spots. The government has assigned regional managers and a committee has been made and Gazette notification has been issued in this context, he stated, adding that MPs have held meetings also.
The Committee has the power to visit the roads in the area and sent report to the authority concerned. If the office concerned does takes action, he can be informed, Mr Gadkari said.
The government has approved a National Road Safety Policy which outlines various measures including establishing road safety information database, encouraging safer road infrastructure, he said.
Mr Gadkari said the government has constituted the National Road Safety Council as the apex body to take policy decisions in the matter of road safety.
Stressing that rights of state government won't be violated, the minister said to reduce corruption he has proposed that dealers of vehicles be allowed to issue registration papers. Taxes will be decided by the state governments concerned, he reiterated, adding that the tax amount will be deposited to the accounts of the state governments only. (UNI)