Once the Bill is passed the Insurance companies will not pay any compensation to victims in Accidents caused by drunk drivers.
Instead, the person driving under influence will have to cough up the entire amt. for causing death or injury, according to Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 introduced in the Lok Sabha on this Friday.
However, road transport ministry hasn’t included the provision of trying drunk drivers for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in case of death caused by them in a crash, which is a non-bailable offence and attracts a 10 year jail term.
Though the Road Transport ministry had accepted this recommendation of a parliamentary panel, it referred this suggestion to the Ministry of Home Affairs since it requires an amendment in the Indian Penal of Code.
Experts said that while this new provision is likely to act like a deterrent, there’s a fear that the victims may end up getting lessor compensation since it’ll depend on income & paying capacity of the accused driver.
“Why is govt. putting such a provision when it is aware of the income of the professional drivers? This’ll indirectly benefit insurance companies, every single drunk driver hitting the road is a failure of the govt. authorities,” said SP Singh of IFTRT, a Delhi-based think tank on transport issues.
Introducing this bill, the Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the objective behind the proposed law is to reduce road fatalities by 50%.
Bill provides for stringent penalties, including suspension of driving licence, jail term for offences like juvenile driving, dangerous driving, speeding & double penalty on the enforcement personnel for committing any offence.
Proposed law’ll also have provision for regulating the taxi aggregators.
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