Centre for new Road Transport Act soon

HYDERABAD: The BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre would soon enact a stringent Road Transport Act to check misuse of licensing policy and ensure road safety in the wake of increasing number of ghastly road accidents.

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  • Gadkari says the new Act will be stricter
  • Preventing road accidents is of paramount importance

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Disclosing this while interacting with the media here on Wednesday, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Jairam Gadkari pointed out that the 1998 Road Transport Act has become outdated as it contained many loopholes which were being exploited to procure driving licences easily.

Gadkari further explained that a whopping five lakh number of ghastly road accidents take place in the country every year claiming the innocent lives to the tune of three lakh besides injuries to another three lakh persons. Keeping view this tragic and dismal scenario, the Union government was determined to enact a stringent Road Transport Act and have already studied similar laws prevailing in the USA, the UK, Japan, Singapore and other countries for enactment in our country too, he added.

The Union Road Transport Minister said henceforth applications for driving license would be processed online with the help of computers and decide whether an applicant is eligible or not for the license. Once the process of examining the applications are completed on the computers, the driving licenses would be issued within three days. This would check procurement of driving licenses by dubious methods and the number of road mishaps would also come down drastically after the new Act is enforced, he hoped.

Gadkari also said the Centre would also take required measures to improve water transport in the country by making judicious use of the rivers. While water transport system is to the tune of 47 percent in China and 44 percent in Korea and Japan, it was only 3.3 percent in India, he pointed out and felt that there was ample scope for developing and improving water transport in the country and accordingly the government was making plans in this regard, he said.

The Union minister, who is also holding the Shipping portfolio, said steps would be taken to develop dry ports in Telangana State. Steps are also being initiated to complete the process of division of RTC between AP and Telangana States, he said. (NSS)

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