In a horrific tragedy in January this year, twelve children died and another twelve were injured when their school bus collided with a truck in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh. Unfortunately, road crashes such as these have now become routine in India. The absence of minimal safeguards in the existing law has made travelling on Indian roads unsafe and life threatening. Haven’t all of us invariably lost a dear one or an acquaintance to a road crash?
Every day, 400 people lose their lives to road crashes in our country. A lot of those who do survive these crashes, battle with permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives. The current law has failed to protect precious lives on the roads. In 2016, the Government of India introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill to reform the existing law. It was unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha on April 10, 2017 and now needs to be passed by the Rajya Sabha to become a law.
With every passing hour, we are losing 16 people to road crashes. The Bill rectifies a lot of the systemic issues by providing for protection of children, rationalizing penalties, a uniform driver licensing system, fixing liability for road contractors and much more. We need your support in ensuring that our Rajya Sabha MPs pass this Bill on priority.
Join this campaign to reach out to the Rajya Sabha MPs and demand immediate passage of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
Honorable Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Parliament of India
In the past decade, over 13 lakh people have been killed in road crashes in India and more than 60 lakh have been permanently disabled or seriously injured. In 2007, India surpassed China to become world number one in road crash deaths and has maintained that dubious lead for the past 10 years. Besides the emotional trauma that families must suffer, road crashes lead to an annual economic loss amounting to 3% of India’s GDP – precious resources that can feed and educate millions of underprivileged people.
We must reverse this trend and your support and leadership to Road Safety can do so.
On April 10, 2017, the Lok Sabha unanimously passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, with an aim to tackle the epidemic of road crash deaths. The proposed law promises to update and strengthen standards around traffic enforcement, safety of vulnerable road users such as children, road and vehicle engineering, emergency medical care, and training of road users.
The Bill now awaits passage in the Rajya Sabha and we need your support in passing this crucial legislation.
With every passing hour, we are losing 16 precious lives to road crashes, most of which can be prevented. I'm afraid for the safety of my family and therefore, as a concerned citizen of India, I strongly appeal to you to accord the highest priority to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and pass it in the monsoon session of the Parliament.
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