Panel moots enhancement of punishment for dangerous driving

Mohamed Imranullah S.

MADURAI: The Law Commission of India will soon recommend enhancement of punishment for dangerous driving from two years of imprisonment to 10 years besides declaring it as a non-bailable offence.

The recommendations will also include mandatory fitting of ‘Speed Governors’ (equipment to check the speed of a vehicle) in heavy motor vehicles such as government buses and trucks.

In an interview here on Sunday, the Commission Chairman, Justice AR. Lakshmanan, said: “The death rate due to road accidents has been increasing at an alarming rate. Hence, we are giving a serious thought to the issue.” The recommendations to be submitted to the Union Law Ministry in a fortnight’s time suggests that there cannot be any hoarding and speed breakers on highways. More importantly, the commission would advocate fitting of cameras on the highways to check traffic offenders.

Mr. Lakshmanan said the commission had proposed to insist on insuring all government buses so that the victims of road accidents could receive the monetary compensation at the earliest. “Nowadays, getting money from the tribunals is difficult and it takes years together,” he added.

The Law Commission Chairman was in the city to participate in the inauguration of a library section named after him at the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court Bar Association. The Chief of Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan, is scheduled to inaugurate the library on Monday (June 23). The recommendations of the Law Commission also include establishing more number of driving schools, stringent tests and conditions for obtaining driving licence and cancellation of licence for drunken driving.

“Some may think that 10 years of imprisonment is on the higher side, but they have to understand that our recommendations are only advisory and it is for the Parliament to finalise it. These recommendations are being made after analysing various reports on the issue and the practice followed in other countries,” he said.

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