Uninsured vehicles on road: HC asks why

Sep 12 2012, 18:27 IST
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Uninsured vehicles on road: HC asks why (PTI) Uninsured vehicles on road: HC asks why (PTI)
SummaryA PIL has been lodged against allowing uninsured vehicles to ply on roads.

The Centre and the city government were asked today by the Delhi High Court to respond to a plea against allowing uninsured vehicles to ply on roads.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notices to the Centre, the Delhi government and the city police and sought their replies to the plea by October 13.

The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition seeking directions to authorities to "effectively" implement the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

The petition alleged the authorities deliberately neglect the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act and do not prosecute the owner or driver for plying uninsured vehicles.

"The respondents permit the uninsured vehicles to ply on the road in breach of law and thereafter neither prosecute the owner or driver nor seize or auction the offending vehicle," said the plea.

The petition also sought directions to compensate the road mishap victims, suffering losses due to non-implementation of the provisions of the MV Act.

The PIL was filed by the family members of a 48-year-old man, Dinesh Sehgal, who had died in a road accident in August last year when he was hit by an uninsured tractor.

Sehgal's family has also sought compensation for his death.

The victim's family also sought the court to direct respondents "to explain the measures adopted by them so far since 2009 to curb the menace of uninsured vehicles plying on road, driving of motor vehicle without valid driving license or fake driving licenses and drunken driving."

The plea said the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court have passed directions asking government to implement the Motor Vehicle Act and rules effectively so that no uninsured vehicle ply on roads.

In 2009, the police commissioner had assured the high court to strictly comply with the rules under the Act in future, the petition added.

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