Opposition slam Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha

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NEW DELHI: Opposition parties including the Congress, Left, Trinamool Congress and Biju Janata Dal on Monday criticised the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Rajya Sabha, with the Congress terming it as a sell-out to corporates in the name of road safety. Trinamool Congress and BJD alleged that the amendments were meant to abrogate the states’ powers to implement the MV Act. YSR Congress has also opposed the Bill.

The Bill, which is likely to be voted upon on Tuesday, could face a tough test despite most members agreeing that the amendments were long overdue and much needed to curb road accidents. More than 400 persons die daily in road accidents, as per data maintained by the road transport and highways ministry.

Minister of state for road transport and highways Mansukh Mandaviya, while moving the Bill for consideration and passage in the Upper House, said it was aimed at bringing more transparency in issuing of driving licences, fitness certificates and…

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