Consumer Voice organised a Press Interaction Meet “Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2017: Tough Journey- the Road Ahead”- Voices of Road Crash Victims and Support from Members of Parliament” on behalf of National Coalition of Social & Consumer Organisations working on Road Safety in India on February 28, 2018 at Press Club of India, New Delhi.
The objective of programme was to address the issue of alarming road crash deaths and injuries, and India’s commitment to reduce deaths on road by 50 per cent as per the UN Brassilia Convention. The Government of India had committed to strengthen and bring comprehensive amendments through The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha in April 2017 but is pending in Rajyasabha since almost a year and now has been listed in Rajya Sabha in the upcoming session of parliament (post budget).
A coalition of road safety organizations urged the Government to get the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill passed in the upcoming session of the Parliament. Road safety experts have called the passage of the Bill, which seeks to make key amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, as being critical to improve the dismal road safety record in the country.
The meet was attended by victims and survivors of road crashes – Ashutosh Soti , Kavita Tholiya, Kavita Chauhan,D K Sachdeva, and Dorris Francis. They raised their voices in support of passage of Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2017. They narrated their personal agony of losing members of their families or getting seriously injured in road crashes and appealed to the parliamentarians of not mixing politics in this issue since this is about saving lives on roads.
To support our programme Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya , Hon’ble Member of Parliament , Rajya Sabha and Senior leader of BJP also came forward to support the initiative and strongly favoured the passage of the Bill. Shri Oscar Fernandes, Hon’ble MP, RajyaSabha and Former Union Transport Minister also said that each and every life is important and to have safer future, passage of bill in the
Rajya Sabha is crucial.
The meet was covered widely by electronic and print media.
1. Times of India : Pass the Motor Vehicles Bill, Civil Society urges MPs
2.Business Standard : Coalition of road safety organisations urges govt to pass motor vehicle bill
3.Business World : Coalition of road safety organisations urges govt to pass motor vehicle bill
4.Times of India : Coalition of road safety organisations urges govt to pass motor vehicle bill
6.Economic Times : Coalition of road safety orgs urges govt to pass motor vehicle bill
7.the Statesman : Road safety bodies urge Centre to amend motor vehicles Bill
8.Public Talk of India : Pass The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2017 Without Further Delay, Says Road Safety Network
10.Uttaranchal Today - मोटर वाहन (संशोधन) विधेयक 2017 बगैर देरी पारित हो : रोड सेफ्टी नेटवर्क
16.Financial Express : मोटर वाहन (संशोधन) विधेयक 2017 बगैर देरी पारित हो : रोड सेफ्टी नेटवर्क
17. The World News : Pass the Motor Vehicles Bill, Civil Society urges MPs
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