NEW DELHI: The Motor Vehicle (amendment) Bill that proposes hefty fine and stringent punishment for traffic violations will be introduced in the budget session of parliament provided it is received from joint select committee of parliament, said Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
"I am hopeful that we will receive the bill from the joint select committee of parliament in budget session and it will be introduced as soon as we receive it," said Gadkari.
Speaking at the launch of Road Safety Week here, Gadkari said that the bill has been prepared in consultation with state transport ministers and all states are on the board to ensure tougher punishment for traffic violation.
Expressing concern over rise in road accidents in 2015, Gadkari said that government is taking several measures to make roads safer for drivers.
The bill for the first time takes into account violations by juveniles and it proposes to hold the guardian and owner of vehicle responsible for violation by juvenile and registration of the vehicle will be cancelled immediately.
For drunken driving, the bill proposes Rs 10,000 penalty and Rs 4000 for over speeding. It has an option of Rs 10 lakh compensation in case of fatal road accident.
According to data released by National Crime Records Bureau, road accidents killed 1.48 lakh people in 2015 compared to 1.36 lakh in 2011, a jump of 9 percent in last four years.