Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2012: Road Safety

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India has a tally of nearly 126,000 road accident deaths in a year, and injuries many times that number.

Amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

  • The Union Cabinet on 1 march 2012 gave its approval for introduction of a Bill in Parliament by making amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, with such modifications as considered necessary. The new amended Bill would be called namely, ‘The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2007.’
  • The new amended Bill would remove ambiguities and difficulties in the enforcement of the provisions of the Act, improve responsiveness of transport authorities in meeting the requirements of the citizens, improve public transport and strengthen the enforcement of safety related provisions.

Sunder Committee on Road Safety and Traffic Management (2007)

  • The Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri S. Sundar, former Secretary, Ministry of Surface Transport, submitted its report on 20.2. 2007, recommending creation of the National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board and also creation of a dedicated fund namely ‘National Road Safety Fund’

Courtesy: The Hindu