GUWAHATI, Sept 3 - Transport Commissioner Virendra Mittal said in line with the Centre, the State Government will soon issue a notification to make the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 effective in Assam as well.
He stated that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 revolves around three categories – users, vehicles and infrastructure.
The Act will create a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund to provide compulsory insurance to all road users in India. The fund will pay for treatment of crash survivors as well, and also provide compensation for the families of the victims.
The Act has also special protection for 'Good Samaritans' - it will protect the fellow passengers or passers-by who stop to offer medical or non-medical support to a victim from a long interrogation process.
The Act states that for traffic offences committed by juveniles, the guardian (of the minor) or the owner (of the vehicle) would be deemed guilty up to a penalty of Rs 25,000.
Besides, the Act empowers the government to ask vehicle manufacturers to recall motor vehicles that could cause harm to the environment, drivers, occupants or other road users.
The Act focuses on the formulation of standards for road infrastructure and also identify areas for its improvement in consultation with the authorities and agencies concerned, thereby linking infrastructure design to road safety.
The enhanced penalties are of Rs 500 for conductor or passengers without tickets, Rs 4,000 for driving without insurance, Rs 5,000 for driving without a licence, Rs 10,000 for using a mobile phone while driving, Rs 10,000 each for offences relating to conductor licence and for racing or trials of speed, Rs 1,000-2,000 for driving LMV with excess speed, Rs 2,000-4,000 for driving HMV/MMV with excess speed and Rs 1,000 each for driver or passenger without a seat belt, carrying children below 14 years without safety belt and riding more than two persons in two-wheelers.