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Old 31st March 2015, 07:35   #16
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Cooling down the road safety bill. New fines are now cheaper than proposed earlier.

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Here is the draft of the proposed bill:

http://www.arrivesafe.org/wp-content...-Bill-2014.pdf
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The change made in consultation with the law ministry is to avoid creation of "any wrong impression" that states' authority is getting diluted in the new Act. The final bill which has been sent to the Cabinet for approval has been vetted by the law ministry.

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This bill might just be the thing that gets the steadily worsening traffic discipline situation in control. I agree it is not perfect and personally, I would have preferred some form of progressive penalty based on the rule breaker's tax bracket. But on the whole, I cannot wait to see the effects of this in action.
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There is one sore point I see in the whole "making the law strict" exercise.
The enforcement. Or rather the selective enforcement by our "competent" police authorities.

I have hardly seen any traffic police ever booking a municipal corp red colored bus or garbage dumper for over-speeding, lane cutting, rash driving or jumping red light, whereas they frequently indulge in it.
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4. The unified registration system shall enable as far as possible the electronic
adjustment and reconciliation of any taxes paid or due, to any state government or local authority, in pursuance of registering the vehicle under this Act, or refunds,due to the applicant for the change of address, recorded in the certificate of registration.


The above is taken from section 97, page 101 of the draft copy of the proposed act.

It is slightly difficult to understand its meaning. Is it now clear that we will get the registration amount back, in the case of interstate transfer and re-registration?
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The more things change, the more they remain the same. Nationwide strikes today, 2nd against the penalties in the bill!

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-ed...port-hard.html

The trade unions of transport sector are particularly peeved at the section six of the proposed Motor Vehicles act in the road safety bill.

There contention is that the heavy financial penalties on petty driving violations would mean that the lowly paid drivers would have no choice but to leave their jobs.

They are of the opinion that proposed bill would ensure that all the state transport corporations are slowly closed down and handed over to private players thus putting the jobs of more than 7.5 lakh employees in jeopardy.

Complete lockdown in hill states would really affect the aam aadmi. Really unfortunate. No points for guessing what happens next.
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Increasing penalties for breaking law while driving is ok but unless the implementation is also improved, harsher penalties will only increase the bribe money the constable or the authority will demand on being caught.
Eg. Penalty for dangerous driving is proposed to be 50000 Rupees.

Imagine a situation where someone is caught with his second hand Maruti 800 driving dangerously.

1) How do you define dangerous driving? Will it be left at the discretion of the enforcing officer or are there some guidelines to it? What proof can be submitted by state to prove it?

2) Even if the above is taken care of, how will the person pay the fine? Surely, state cannot assume that people will carry so large an amount in their pockets? Nor can they assume that the person will submit it in cash. Will each state have mechanism to collect such large penalites through electronic channels?

3) If it involves inter-state travel and the offence is committed in another state, what are the options before the hapless person? Today he has to necessarily visit the given state to get his license from the court.

4) His vehicle cost will be more than the penalty and thus he in all probability he will let the state confiscate this vehicle rather than pay the penalty. And what will state do with it? Nothing but let it rot.

5) We are accustomed to - Please forgive, will not repeat mentality. Imagine how much money the constable will ask once he knows that the offical penalty is 50,000 rupees. Will it not lead to increase in corruption and black money?
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