Govt mulls for punishment to parents if minor caught driving

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As incidents of minors involved in road accidents are escalating, the government is thinking to bring a proposal, which would ensure punishment for parents of the minor children who caught driving.

The Centre is emphasising to make changes in the Motor Vehicles Act so that an action can be taken as per law against the parents, who allow their minor children to drive vehicles.

As per the reports, the Act would be amended in a way that if a juvenile is caught driving, it shall be assumed that the parents knowingly allowed him/her to drive. This would allow the officials to take action against parents.

The law would be formulated in consideration with the states. The reaction came afer observing the incident in which a Class 12 student who was allegedly driving at a speed of 80 kmph hit a 32-year-old by his mercedes near Ludlow Castle School in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area.

India loses USD 35 billion each year in road accidents, which is slightly less than the nation’s defence budget, a road safety expert had recently said.

Wefornews Bureau

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