Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
1) Discuss the key features of recently cleared Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019. Explain in what way it can provide an Efficient, Safe and Corruption Free Transport System in the Country. (250 words)
Why this question:
Recently Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 to provide an Efficient, Safe and Corruption Free Transport System in the Country.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss the key features of the MV amendment bill 2019 , discuss and highlight the merits of the same.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Define the recent amendments made to the bill.
The bill seeks to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 to provide for road safety. Around 1.50 lakh people die and 5 lakh people injured annually in road accidents.
Then discuss the key features of the bill – Provisions related to increasing penalties of traffic violations, addressing issues on third-party insurance, regulation of cab aggregators and road safety are proposed in the amendment.
It proposes a scheme to allow cashless treatment of victims in a road accident during the golden hour.
It proposes to increase the minimum compensation for hit and run cases. In case of the death, the compensation has been raised from 25,000 to 2 lakh rupees, and in case of grievous injury, it will be from 12,500 to 50,000 rupees.
The government will open motor driving training schools to impart skill trainings to drivers. The government will also give one crore rupees grant to those who want to open such training schools.
Quote the merits and associated challenges.
Conclude by reasserting significance of the Bill.