Nagaland Road Safety Bill passed

Nagaland Road Safety Bill passed

Kohima, March 26: The Nagaland Road Safety Authority Act, (2013) (Ist Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed today in the floor of the House.
The bill was moved by minister for transport and civil aviation and railways and land resources P Paiwang Konyak for consideration and passing.
In statement of object and reasons, the bill stated that keeping in view the very high incidence of road accidents in the country, the central government had called upon all state governments to consider road safety as a national issue and to embark upon mass sensitization of all road users, policy makers, planners, road engineers, doctors and paramedics, enforcing agencies, NGOs etc towards reducing the incidence of road incidents and fatalities through a comprehensive and multi pronged strategic plan.
It is obligatory for all states to formulate Road Safety Authority in line with the Kerala Road Safety Authority which is taken as the benchmark in regard to road safety.
Vehicle population in Nagaland state has more than doubled in the last one decade. There are approximately 1.30 lakhs vehicles on the road throughout Nagaland as on 31.03. 2013. Road safety, thus, is a major concern for the state government and high level of preparedness is required at all times, it stated.
The state government has already set up the State Road Safety Council.
“However, in the absence of the manual or specific duty and functions of the Council, the Council has not been able to function effectively. Thus to strengthen institutional infrastructure on road safety by giving statutory powers and functions, it is proposed to enact the Nagaland Road Safety Authority Act, 2013 in line with the Kerala Road Safety Act,” stated Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in-charge of transport in the statement of object and reasons.
On financial memorandum, Rio stated the establishment of the Nagaland Road Safety Authority will involve some expenditure from the consolidated fund of the state of Nagaland.
As per section 11 of the Bill, there shall be established a fund to be called the Nagaland Road Safety Fund, to which the state government shall contribute every year an amount equal to 50% of the compounding fees collected every year under Section 200 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
However, the amount of such contribution cannot be ascertained/estimated at the moment, but it is expected to be in the region of not more than one to two lakh of rupees per year, Rio stated. (Page News Service)