Road Transport and Highways Minister – Nitin Gadkari said in the Parliament that about 30% driving licenses in India are fake. He gave the update while making a pitch for the proposed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill. The proposed MV Act has already received the cabinet approval, and now the bill will need to pass by both lower and upper houses of the parliament before it becomes a law.
Nitin Gadkari said that it is the easiest to get a driving license in India and most cases, the photograph of the license holder does not match the picture in the license. However, due to the lax rules, no motorist with fake license cares about such things.
The Indian roads are deemed as one of the most dangerous in the world. Every year as many as 1.5 lakh people meet fatal accidents. He said that it is his biggest failure that he could not bring the legislation despite trying for years, and now he wants the parliament’s approval get to make changes to the MV Act. It should be noted that under the proposed MV Act, the fines have been multiplied compared to the current penalties.
Under the new act, the fines will go up by at least ten times. Under the new bill, driving without a valid traffic license will attract a fine of Rs 5,000 instead of Rs 500 under the current norms. The penalty for distracted driving and using a mobile phone while traffic will go up to Rs 5,000 from the existing Rs 1,000. The motorists who drive the influence of alcohol will go up to Rs 10,000 from the current Rs 2,000. The new MV Act will also see an increase of the fine from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 for rash and dangerous driving on the public roads. The new MV Act also proposes an increase in jail time for violating the rules.
Recently, automatic licensing systems were introduced in Delhi, India. As per a media report, more than 50% of the applicants have failed the automated license test. The Indian licensing system is one of the easiest one in the world. This has been highlighted in many international journals too.
With the high number of fake licenses and easy ways to get a valid driving license, a high number of novice motorists on the roads can cause a number of accidents. With a stringent traffic excellent system in place and by making stricter rules to issue a driving license, the number of fatal accidents can come down in the future. It should be noted that all the vehicles selling in India now have to offer mandatory safety features like ABS, rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminder, driver-side airbag and speed warning system. From October 2019, all the vehicles selling in India will have to comply with the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).