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Cabinet approves bill to improve road safety

Cabinet approves bill to improve road safety

Union Cabinet today gave its approval to Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016 to improve road safety in the country. The bill proposes to increase penalties against traffic violations to as deterrent measure.

It also has stricter provisions for offences like juvenile driving, drunken driving and driving without licence. An official release said, compensation for hit-and-run cases has been hiked from 25,000 rupees to two lakh rupees and in case of fatality it will up to 10 lakh rupees.

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Driving without insurance will attract 2,000 rupees fine and/or imprisonment, two thousand rupees fine and licence suspension for helmet-less driving.

Besides, for drunken driving steep penalty of up to 10,000 rupees has been proposed. Our correspondent reports that every year 5 lakh road accidents are reported in the country in which 1.5 lakh people lose their lives.

Cabinet also gave its approval for signing of new Air Services Agreement between India and Lao People’s Democratic Republic. An official release said, the agreement is expected to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries.

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It will provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity while providing commercial opportunities to the carriers of both the sides ensuring greater safety and security

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