FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE ROAD SAFETY

  • The Supreme Court on Friday directed its committee led by a former apex court judge, Justice A.M. Sapre, to meet with the Road Transport Secretary within two weeks and work out a framework to mould State-specific guidelines for the electronic monitoring and enforcement of road safety.
  • The court acknowledged that speeding was the main cause of fatal accidents on Indian roads.
  • A Bench led by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud agreed that urgent steps need to be taken to enforce Section 136A (electronic monitoring and enforcement of road safety) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
  • The provision was introduced into the Act in 2019 to keep an electronic eye on errant drivers.
  • Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Divan, for the Union, said the government has already framed rules under sub-section (2) of Section 136A. Section 136 (2) mandated the Centre to “make rules for the electronic monitoring and enforcement of road safety including speed cameras, closed-circuit television cameras, speed guns, body wearable cameras, and such other technology”.
  • Senior advocate K.V. Jain, the counsel for petitioner Rajaseekharan, said Sections 215A and B provided the functions of electronic monitoring to the States and the formation of a National Road Safety Board in an advisory capacity. Moreover, road safety councils were to be set up at the national, State, and district levels.
  • The court directed Justice Sapre to hold a preliminary meeting preferably within two weeks and asked Amicus curiae Gaurav Agarwal to table a report on it.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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