Sunder Committee Set up to Review the Motor Vehicle Act Submits its Report
Expert Committee set up to review the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and to suggest changes therein submitted its report to the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri C.P.Joshi, here today. Receiving the report the Minister complimented the Chairman of the Committee and its members and said that the report will be examined in a time bound manner by his Ministry and subsequently the needful will be done.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2007 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in May, 2007 containing proposal for enhancing the penalties for various traffic offences; delegation of more powers to States; making Regional Transport Authorities more responsive to the needs of people, rationalization of anomalies and enhancing compensation to road accident victims.
The Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport which heard various stakeholders and after in depth examination endorsed the Bill with certain observations/ suggestions. The report of the Committee was received in April, 2008. The Ministry had taken into account all the suggestions of the Committee and was in the process of approaching the Cabinet with a revised Bill.
While considering the proposal, it was felt desirable to have a re-look into the proposed amendments to examine whether these provisions meet the new requirements, keeping in view the fact that the process to initiate amendments in the Act was started long back in the year 2001. It was also felt that many representations/ suggestions received from various quarters during the intervening period would also need to be examined and accommodated in the proposal, if found appropriate. Besides, a comparison with the related Acts in the neighbouring countries such as China, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia etc. would also be required so that best practices suitable for our country could be adopted.
The Ministry constituted the ten member committee in September 2009 under the Chairmanship of Shri S.Sunder, Distinguished Fellow, the Energy and Resources Institute and former Secretary in the Ministry. The Committee held around forty meetings. It had heard all the stakeholders, State Governments, Transporter’s Associations and experts from Road Transport Sector etc. The Committee also heard many individuals who had requested for a hearing by the Committee.