Refresher course for erring drivers soon


This is the part of Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways proposals to introduce strict new rules on driving to bring down accidents rate in the country. 

The ministry is planning to bring an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, in the coming budget session to incorporate several new features on road safety rules.   
Earlier, the Delhi police had introduced this refresher course on pilot basis. Now, the ministry wants to implement it across the entire country.

“The regional transport office (RTO), the driving licence issuing authority, will provide refresher course to errant drivers”, a senior official in the ministry told Deccan Herald.

Stricter rules

If a transport vehicle driver is found violating rules, he may be immediately sent to an RTO office where he will have to attend a brief refresher course apart from paying the fine. But the duration of the course and other details are still being worked out, said the official.

The ministry is also proposing that transport vehicle drivers will undergo a compulsory refresher course when they apply for a renewal of licences once in every three years to update their knowledge about the recent developments in the field of safe driving.
To curb overloaded vehicles, the ministry plans to impound overloading vehicles for six months apart from unloading the goods on the spot.

The Centre is also set to regulate the business of body-building of different types of vehicles, particularly commercial ones.

Safety norms

The proposed new law seeks to make it mandatory for the builders of vehicle bodies to notify registering authorities about details such as the number of chassis they received, the period during which they were in their custody for the purpose of body-building, the completion of the work and delivery of the motor vehicle to the owner.

 The idea behind regulating the body-building industry is that it should not compromise with the safety.

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