Last week, Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that about 5 lakh deaths were caused due to violation of traffic rules last year. Experts said that after this new Motor Vehicle Act rule, there will be a reduction in road accidents. Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe, Rajya Sabha MP and chairman of the Select Committee for Motor Vehicles Act, appealed to the states to fully implement this rule.
Rajesh Yadav, Transport Commissioner, Government of Rajasthan said that instead of promoting the good things of this law, some people are making fun of it. Road safety is a big issue. Most of the deaths are of the earning member of the household. He said, ‘It requires a lot of awareness at the level of the central and state government so that its provision can be extended to more people.’
George Cherian, director of the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), said, “There are many good provisions in the new Motor Vehicles Act which are not highlighted. CUTS general secretary Pradeep S Mehta said, “We have to change the attitude of the people towards heavy fines and look at the issues related to road safety properly. As people now show lack of patience and do not want to follow the rules of the road which leads to more accidents. He said that film makers and actors should also come forward for this.