New Delhi: Tamil Nadu on Tuesday vociferously opposed the proposed new Motor Vehicles Bill, saying it encroaches upon the financial, legislative and administrative powers of state governments.
“The Bill erodes and encroaches upon the powers of the state government. A major change in the existing set-up has been proposed."
“The existing provision of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 envisages that the state government shall establish Motor Vehicles Department and appoint officers for the purpose of implementing the Act. There is no corresponding provision in the draft Bill,” state transport minister V. Senthil Balaji said.
He was participating in a high-level meeting chaired by road transport, highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari. The agenda of the meeting included discussion on the draft Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014. The government hopes to get Parliament approval for the Bill in in winter session.
Senthil Balaji said the new Bill has a provision for Vehicle Regulation and Road Safety Authority of India encroaching upon the powers of state governments.
“This national authority has been given sweeping and wide ranging powers for making regulations which hitherto were being done by the state governments,” the minister said....
Location: Tamil Nadu