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Accident Compensation Made Compulsory

The State Government has amended the Odisha Motor Vehicles (Accident Claim Tribunal) Rule, 1960 making payment of compensation to accident victims compulsory in case the vehicle has no third party insurance.


G Srinivas, Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport said that in view of wide-spread cases of third parties , either killed or injured in accidents, facing problem in getting due compensation owing to non-insurance by the vehicle owners, the Department of Commerce and Transport (DoCT) has recently amended the concerned Rules and notified Draft Rules seeking public opinion within 30 days.

According to the amendment, if the vehicle owner has defaulted in making third party insurance, he will compulsorily bear the amount of compensation.

The Draft Rule further provides that no court will have the power to release the seized vehicle. In case the owner fails to make payment of the compensation, the vehicle will be auctioned and the amount so received will go towards the compensation.

In the Draft Rule some provisions have been given importance and some sections have been added. These include scope of the investigating officer, duty of the motor vehicle registering authority, role of the insurance company, police report and action under Section 158 (6) of the Motor Vehicle Act,1988, prohibition in regard to release of the seized vehicle, Power to conduct medical test and claim and protection to the claimant of compensation.

This draft “Odisha Motor Vehicle (Accident Claim Tribunal) Rule 2018 has been introduced afresh and notified on 28 December, 2018 seeking comments from the Public.

DoCT has appealed members of the public to send their opinion, if any, to the DoCT in the State Secretariat premises in the Bhubaneswar-751001 address.     
 


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