Changes to Motor Vehicle Act delayed; Road Minister Nitin Gadkari seeks more time

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The amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act is likely to be delayed by a couple of months as the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has said it needs three months to review the current Act and thereafter will introduce it afresh in Parliament, reported PTI.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, which could be passed only in the Rajya Sabha in May 2012, proposes hefty penalties for traffic rule violations and drunken driving, as per the media reports.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said, "We need three months to study the (Motor Vehicle) Act in its totality and then we will try and bring it in Parliament in its next session."

He added that the Act should be as per international standards.

Gadkari, on June 5, had said that the government in a month's time will re-draft the Motor Vehicle amendment bill, which will be in sync with six advanced nations - US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK, and thereafter will introduce it in Parliament, reported media.

Story first published: Monday, July 14, 2014, 23:00 [IST]
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