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Govt mulls higher compensation for hit-and-run victims

nation Updated: Jun 04, 2016 08:17 IST

NEW DELHI: A higher compensation for hit-and-run victims, an improved mechanism to help road accident victims and fixing the public transport system are among a slew of proposals to be considered by a group of state transport ministers at its meeting later this month.

The group, headed by Rajasthan transport minister Yoonus Khan, was set up in February on PM Narendra Modi’s orders to firm up the new motor vehicles law being finalised by the Centre. The group will meet on June 12-13 in Dharamsala.

At present under the Motor Vehicle Act, compensation for hit-and-run deaths is Rs 25,000 while for grievous injury it is Rs 12,500. The road transport ministry had also started a solatium fund under which victims of hit-and-run cases can claim compensation.

The ministry had earlier proposed Rs 1 lakh compensation in case of death and Rs 50,000 for grievous hurt under the solatium fund. However, the proposal ran into opposition from various quarters.

“It was felt that the compensation amount is not enough. We have proposed that it should be increased substantially. But we have not decided on the quantum. The group of state transport ministers will decide the amount,” said a road ministry official.

The group will also consider a proposal to improve parking facilities for taxies and other public transport in the city, a move aimed at incentivising such vehicles. For instance the ministry is proposing that public parking facilities should earmark 20% of the space for taxies and other public transport vehicles. These vehicles should be allowed free parking in the earmarked space.

“Strengthening of public transport systems with a view to offer better services to the citizens, steps for promoting low cost last mile connectivity solutions are also on the agenda,” the ministry official added.

First Published: Jun 04, 2016 08:17 IST