Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in LS amid Trinamool, Cong opposition

Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in LS amid Trinamool, Cong opposition

Agency News

New Delhi, Jul 15 : Amid the opposition raised by Congress and Trinamool Congress, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Bill, which seeks to further amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, was introduced by Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways Gen (Retd) V K Singh.

The proposed Bill also seeks to address the issues relating to road safety, citizen facilitation, strengthening pubic transport, automation and computerisation.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Bill does not take away powers of state governments and there is no compulsion on any state to implement it.

He expressed concern over road accidents in the country and said almost 1.5 lakh deaths occur due to road accidents every year. Admitting that it was his department's failure not able to check road accidents, Mr Gadkari said, "I tried hard and could reduce the number of deaths by just 3-4 per cent.'

On the Bill, the Minister said it was prepared jointly after approval of transport ministers of 18 states and was discussed with the Standing Committee and Joint Select Committee.

AITC and Congress had opposed the Bill.

AITC member Saugata Roy said the Bill infringes upon the rights of the state and takes away powers of state governments.

Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury suggested the Minister should take state governments into confidence first.

AITC member Mahua Moitra also opposed the introduction of the Bill saying it increases time limit of public driving license from a month to a year which is a safety issue. (UNI)