Road Traffic Act to replace 1988 Motor Vehicles Act, says Gadkari
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that a new Road Traffic Act will be tabled for approval during the Winter Session of Parliament, which will be at par with international acts in the road sector.
Speaking at a workshop on road safety here, Gadkari said the existing Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 has outlived its utility, and added that a holistic act is needed in the fast changing traffic scenario.
He said the draft of the proposed act is already in its final stage and it will have features of the best practices of developed countries like the USA, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK.
Gadkari lamented that one lakh 38 thousand people are killed in road accidents every year.
He said the biggest problem faced in urban areas in addition to road safety is unprecedented growth of vehicles leading to traffic congestion and increasing road traffic violations.
Gadkari further said that due to lack of effective road engineering, faulty DPRs were made leading to increasing road accidents and fatalities.
Calling for total transparency and zero tolerance for corruption, he said there is a need to fix accountability at the highest level for such large number of accidents in the country.
He also laid stress on enforcement and education for achieving desired results on the ground.
The minister appreciated the role of Institute of Road Traffic Education towards capacity building of road traffic management based upon 25 years of their research.
(Posted on 02-09-2014)