India's amended traffic rules are a historic move

Published: Thu 5 Sep 2019, 10:03 PM

Last updated: Fri 6 Sep 2019, 12:07 AM

India's move to impose stringent laws against traffic violators is historic and will surely arrest the rising graph of road accidents and bring down the fatalities. This is very important in the light of the sharp rise in road accidents in India. In 2018 alone, 1.49 lakh people lost their lives in accidents. Hence the Amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act (MV Act-2019) effective September 1, providing for hefty fines and penalties on traffic violators are definitely a welcome step.
The amendment consists of some highly praiseworthy features like protection of good samaritans and ensuring the family gets compensation in case of accidents. Yes, the penalties are hefty but the amended rules are for our own safety and are aimed at bringing order on the roads.
The government should also set rigid guidelines for driving lessons and improve the quality of training at driving schools. I am sure the people in India will welcome the new rules and abide by them.
- Ramesh G Jethwani, India

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