GUWAHATI, Sept 20 - The Consumers� Legal Protection Forum (CLPF) has written to the members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, requesting support of the members for passage of the Bill in the forthcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.
�If this Bill is further deferred, we will be putting at risk precious lives of citizens before the next session of the Parliament can adopt it. These casualties may include thousands of innocent children and youth in their productive years of life. We must prevent the massacre on the roads. The passage of the Bill in the upcoming Winter Session is crucial,� Ajoy Hazarika, secretary, CLPF, said in the letter to Dr Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, Chairman of the Select Committee on the Bill.
Some of the key provisions of the proposed legislation include making safety belt or child restraint system mandatory for children below 14 years in cars and a penalty of Rs 1,000 in case of failure to adhere to the rule, holding guardian or owner guilty with a fine of Rs 25,000 and/or three years� imprisonment with cancellation of registration for juvenile drivers, and penalty of Rs 1,000 and subsequent cancellation of driving licence for not wearing helmets.