The recent amendments to India’s Motor Vehicle Act, specifically targeting hit-and-run cases, have sparked a nationwide discourse on road safety and legal repercussions. In a statement, Amit Maheshwari, Founder & CEO of Softlink Global, explores the implications of these changes and advocates for a balanced approach.
The amendments, imposing severe penalties including up to 10 years in prison and fines up to Rs 7 lakh for hit-and-run offenses, reflect a commendable focus on safety and accountability. However, concerns within the transport community, particularly among truck and commercial vehicle drivers, highlight potential impacts on their livelihoods.
Maheshwari proposes a middle-ground solution, emphasising dialogue between the government, transport unions, and industry stakeholders. Softlink Global remains committed to safety and compliance, adapting through enhanced driver training and technology integration.
The CEO suggests a balanced approach involving tiered penalties, driver education, and a transitional period for industry adjustment, urging a collaborative effort in policymaking for just and effective laws that prioritise safety without unduly burdening the economy’s drivers.