Representational Image Rajya Sabha, Upper House of Indian Parliament (Screen Grab Courtesy: Sunday Guardian)
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New Delhi:

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to tighten road traffic regulations such as the issuance of driving licence and imposed stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed with 108 votes in favour and 13 against it, with three amendments moved by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 23 but the bill will be sent to Lok Sabha again because of an error.

“The bill proposes a National Transportation Policy for ushering in guidelines on the transportation of goods and passengers,” the minister said.

Gadkari said “The legislation will instil fear of law in people who violate traffic rules as an intelligent traffic system will monitor traffic offences. India is facing a shortage of 22 to 25 lakh drivers and to fill this gap, driver-training institutes have been planned across the country and the Centre was ready to provide Rs 1 crore subsidy for each” minister told.

“The process for obtaining driving licenses would now be computerised and anyone, whether a minister or MP, will be able to procure licenses only after passing online tests.

The government has no intention to intervene with the power of states and state transport corporations are free to run their buses,” he added.

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