The Bill has been passed with three government amendments and will need to go back to the Lok Sabha, which had already passed the Bill on July 23, 2019.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019
is based on the recommendations of a group of state transport ministers constituted by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to address the issue of road safety and to improve the facilitation of citizens while dealing with transport departments.
The group, headed by Yoonus Khan, the then transport minister of Rajasthan, had 18 state transport ministers from different political parties as members.
On the basis of recommendations of the group and other pressing requirements, the road transport & highways ministry introduced the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016. This, along with amendments, was passed by Lok Sabha on April 10, 2017. The Bill as passed by the Lok Sabha was introduced in the Rajya Sabha and referred to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha on August 8, 2017. The committee presented its report to Parliament on December 22, 2017. The Bill, pending in the Rajya Sabha, had lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.