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Road safety Bill won’t curb rights of states: Gadkari

Road safety Bill won’t curb rights of states: Gadkari
Clearing the air on authoritative stakes of states in the proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari clarified that the new bill will not encroach upon the rights of states.

The new bill doesn’t intend to impinge on the authority of states and is only aimed at providing safer, faster and cost-effective movement of passengers and freight as road crashes cause a loss of 3 per cent to GDP every year, the issue demanded an immediate solution and the Bill is a firm step towards this, Gadkari told the Consultative Committee attached to his ministry on Thursday.

Gadkari said the Bill makes significant departures from the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 as it includes safety in construction, design, maintenance and use of motor vehicles and roads as a major component.  Tamil Nadu had opposed the bill, saying it encroaches upon the financial, legislative and administrative powers of state governments.
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