Gist of the Recommendations of the Group of Ministers on Road Safety

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The GoM constituted by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to recommend measures to make road travel in the country safe, convenient and seamless held its third meeting in Dharamshala . Headed by Rajasthan Transport Minister Shri Yoonus Khan, the GoM has met earlier in New Delhi on 29th of April and in Bengaluru on 20th of May this year. The recommendations made by the GoM in the three meetings held so far are as follows :

Sr No Recommendation
1st Interim Report dated 29th April, 2016
1 RTSB requires detailed deliberations and subsequent modification. Hence may take long time. In the meantime amendments may be carried in the MV Act and Rules to address urgent issues.
2 Rules of Road Regulations to be notified-

·         The Rules of Road Regulation 1989 have become outdated and there is a need to issue fresh regulations in line with the present day requirements

3 Include Good Samaritan Guidelines under the MV Act

·         The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for the protection of good Samaritans has been approved by the Honble Supreme Court.  However to give a statutory backing there is a need for its inclusion in the Motor Vehicles Act.

4 Simplification of forms under CMVR.

·         In order to make the old forms Citizen friendly and easy to use and to be filled online the forms under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules are required to be modified

5 Online issue of Learning License and stricter evaluation at the time of grant of permanent license

·         To make the issue of Learning License citizen friendly and make the process transparent it is proposed to have the application and issue of Learner’s licence online.  However to ensure safety and proper skills for the driver, stricter evaluation at the time of issuance of Permanent Licence.

6 Allow License after 16 years for gearless scooters below 100 cc

·         Now a days lots of young citizens are to use the two wheelers for commuting to local places especially schools, other institutions etc.  As 50 CC vehicles are no longer available and further with the mass availability of 100 CC vehicles it is proposed to allow licence after 16 years for gearless scooters below 100 cc

7 Do away with the dress code for the drivers (truck drivers)

·         Now a days the drivers especially of trucks and buses are many times harassed by the authorities for not wearing the prescribed dress.

8 Allow registration of vehicles at Dealer’s end

·         With the availability of Vehicle Data from the Original Equipment Manufacturers because of VAHAN database of NIC availability with the dealers and with a lot of time wasted by the Citizens having their vehicles physically inspected with the RTO’s office the Dealer may have the registration done and be made responsible.

9 Create National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board

·         To provide for a lead agency for implementing the road safety strategy, aadvisory body having necessary expertise and resources is proposed to be created.

10 Include accidental insurance for drivers in third party insurance

·         Presently the drivers of the transport vehicles do not have any financial support available in case of an unfortunate incident of accident and requiring medical treatment and are left at the mercy of the owners.

11 First fitness renewal be after three years. Review periodicity of fitness renewals to 2 years upto the life of eight years

·         With improved vehicle and road technology the periodicity of vehicle inspection need to be increased

12 Review periodicity of driving license renewals

·         The life expectancy and physical well being of the individuals have now a days increased.  The renewal process sometimes causes harassment and is time consuming for the individuals.  This may be increased with check and stringent mechanism in place for the driving licence issuance.

13 Automated fitness centres for fitness test

·         In order to have an objective mechanism for the vehicle fitness testing and saving the drivers / owners of the transport vehicles from harassment and time loss automated fitness centres is the need of time.

14 Automated equipment for driving license issuance test

·         To have an objective mechanism for testing the driving skills of the individuals and to save the harassment of citizens the automated equipments for driving license are proposed.

                                          2nd Interim Report dated 20th May, 2016
15 Implementation of directions issued by Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety

·         The Supreme Court appointed committee has issued a number of directions to the states for ensuring improvement in the road safety scenario. These need to be implemented in letter and spirit.

16 States may amend law/ rules to control non motorised and pedestrian movement on roads

·         The regulation of pedestrians and non-motorised transport is important from the point of view of road safety. However, it comes under the domain of state governments and has traditionally been done under the Police Act of the states. There is a need to update these regulations in line with present day requirements.

17 Regulation of traffic on NH- creation of a separate highway police force by States to be funded by Centre

·         Enforcement of traffic regulations is very important to ensure safe user behaviour on the road. The presence of enforcement machinery on the highways is presently inadequate. It is therefore required to augment the same by creating a dedicated highway police and use of modern technology. The central government will explore funding such efforts.

18 Funds for Road Safety- Centre to provide for correction of black spots and other initiatives for road safety

·         The central government will fund the efforts for rectification of Black Spots and other road safety measures by the states.

19 Increase the allowable load carrying capacity of goods vehicles in view of newer technologies and better roads

·         In view of better vehicle technology of roads and vehicles, the permissible load carrying capacity of goods vehicles may be reviewed to legalise the payload, improve revenue and to prevent harassment.

20 Stricter Penalties for violations of MV Act provisions.

·         To provide for better deterrence from violation of traffic regulations, enhanced penalties have been proposed.

21 Double penalties for those entrusted with enforcement of laws

·         To set an example among the road users and to emphasise upon the need to follow traffic regulations, higher penalty for those entrusted with the enforcement of traffic regulations, has been proposed.

22 Revoke license on third default in case of offenses included in new proposed section 207A

·         For creating deterrence and making the transport safe stricter mechanism is proposed

23 All powered vehicles should be included in the definition of motor vehicles

·         To ensure that all motorised vehicles are regulated, it is proposed to include all of them under the category of Motor Vehicles.

24 States may be given powers to fix the fees and charges for administering the provisions of MV Act.

·         The fees and charges under the MVA and CMVR Rules may be fixed by the state governments keeping in view local circumstances and requirements.

 

3rd Interim Report dated 13th June, 2016
25 Improving mechanism for helping accident victims and trauma care facilities

a.       Comprehensive scheme for improving capacity development for trauma centres

b.      Expedite setting up of Trauma centres

c.       Cashless treatment of accident victims on all stretches of NH

d.      Special cell for road accidents within Non-Communicable diseases wing in MoH&FW

e.       Incentives for attracting professionals in trauma centres

f.       Explore possibility to use CSR Funds

26 Implementation of e-tolling across the country on a common RFID card-

a.      Expand E-Tolling on all lanes of toll booths

b.      Provide for integration with State and other toll Roads

27 Facilitating Barrier free movement of freight transport across States

a.      States should relax transit time provisions

b.      Integrated border check posts may be created

c.       Centralised Transportation Information and Payment Network (CTIPN) to allow smooth movement, Task force to be set up to work out the modalities

28 Liberalizing intra-city taxi permit system and other automobile aggregation policy

a.      Liberalise City Taxi permit scheme

b.      They should follow the rules relating to fares, fuel and safety as mandated by Transport Department.

c.       Upper cap for the fares be fixed by Transport deptt.

d.      Aggregators may be permitted but they have to aggregate only taxis which have legally valid permits.

29 Improving parking facilities for taxies and other public transport vehicles in the cities

a.      Reserve atleast 20% space in Public parking lots for Taxis.

30 Steps for promoting low cost last mile connectivity solution

a.      Allow e-rickshaws and two wheeler taxis as they are safe and low cost solutions for the passengers

b.      Allow seat sharing in taxis & auto rickshaws.

31 Strengthening rural transportation

a.      Scheme may be launched by Central Government for rural transport vehicles

b.      States may allow permits for such vehicles

32 Strengthening public transport systems

a.      Central Government may introduce scheme to strengthen STUs

b.      Exempt STU buses from taxes

c.       Deregulate luxury segmentto motivate people to shift from personalised transport to public transport

d.      Address to the problems of insurance in STU sector

33 Public Transport in Hill Areas

a.       Create a sub group to address to the problems of transport in hill areas

34 Higher Compensation in accident cases

a.       Include accidental insurance for drivers in third party insurance

b.      Rationalise Insurance provisions in accident cases

c.       Cover loss to property in accidents cases in insurance

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