To improve road safety and reduce the number of fatal accidents, the state government is proposing to make fire extinguishers mandatory in all vehicles – private and commercial.
In its draft of the new Maharashtra Mechanically Propelled Vehicles & Road Safety (MMPVR) Act, 2015, the state government has proposed fire extinguishers – the specifications and capacity of which are yet to be prescribed – in all vehicles.
The government has also proposed that anti-theft systems be installed in all vehicles plying in the state combat vehicle theft.
Originally called the Maharashtra Transport Act, 2015, the proposed act was renamed after a suggestion that it also include the Mumbai Metro, monorail, water transport and ropeways.
To make journeys safer for bus passengers, the government also plans to make emergency exits mandatory in all buses that ply on the state’s road, whether they are registered in Maharashtra or elsewhere. “These provisions shall be binding irrespective of whether the buses are registered in the state or in another state,” reads the draft.
Another proposal in the new draft is to make speed governors – instruments limit the speed of vehicles by controlling fuel supply to the engine – mandatory for public transport and commercial vehicles, such as trucks, tankers and buses.
The draft also states that no person or company can act as an ‘aggregator’ without registering itself with the transport department. This means that taxi-hailing services such as Uber and Ola won’t be allowed to do business in Maharashtra unless they register with the department.
The government also proposes to make the installation of radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags, global positioning system (GPS) transmitters and general packet radio service (GPRS) systems mandatory in all transport vehicles, along with the setting up of a central control room.