Motor Vehicles Bill to be introduced in the next Parliament session: Nitin Gadkari

The government will try to introduce the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill in the forthcoming session of Parliament, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Tuesday. The bill, pending approval from the Rajya Sabha, lapsed after the 16th Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die in February.

“The cabinet note is ready for the Motor Bill and once it is approved we will try to introduce it in the upcoming session of Parliament,” road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, which had been passed by the Lok Sabha, was introduced in the Upper House in April 2017 but was referred to a select panel.

Gadkari, who took charge of the ministry this morning, told reporters that radical reforms are expected in the transport sector once the Bill gets Parliament nod.

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill aims to address issues pertaining to road safety, third party insurance, regulation of taxi aggregators, among others, needs Rajya Sabha’s approval to implement the proposed amendments. The Bill proposes hefty penalties for various offences pertaining to the road transport sector.

Talking about the projects with the Ministry, Gadkari said by March next year, route to Kailash Mansarovar via Pithoragarh is likely to be completed while projects under Char Dham Yatra would be expedited.

He said a road grid and a water grid on the pattern of power grid were also on the anvil. He said highway projects worth Rs 50,000 crore are in the pipeline for Delhi alone.

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