On one hand we all complain about corruption and 'chlta hai' attitude in India. But on the other hand, we are all a little corrupt on the personal level. If we could bypass the queue with a little money, why not? If we could get a driver's licence without the road test, why not? If we could avoid a traffic challan with a little money, why not?
Not any more. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari tabled his Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha and Rjya abha this month. Both the houses have passed the bill and it is now in Lok Sabha, to be cleared again because of a typo error. You can safely assume that this bill will soon be a law. What will it mean for you?
- Registration of vehicles will be handled by dealerships, so you will not have to deal with the Registrar's office.
- Speeding fines will now be Rs 1000 - Rs 2000.
- Aggregators with driving licence violations can be punished with 1 lakh Rs fine.
- Driving while disqualified and not giving way to emergency vehicles will now attract Rs 10,000 fine.
- In case of a juvenille driving unlicensed, guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty and there will be a penalty of Rs. 25,000 with three years imprisonment and cancellation of registration of the Motor Vehicle.
Almost all fines and penalties will be raised significantly in an attempt to make our roads safer. What do you think of this move from Mr Gadkari?