Maharashtra state government has decided to introduce a new policy on
compensation for victims of hit-and-run accidents.
the Supreme Court has accepted court appointed committee’s recommendation to
increase the minimum compensation for death in a hit-and-run case from the
existing Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh. The court has directed the centre to frame a
scheme of payment of compensation to ensure that the amount is paid to the
right claimant till the law is amended.
Maharashtra state government has recently introduced a new Road Safety Policy to
reduce deaths resulting from road accidents in the state. The policy has been
introduced in accordance to the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety of the
World Health Organisation. The Brasilia Declaration on road Safety has tasked
Maharashtra with bringing road fatalities down to 25% of the current 13,000
deaths reported annually.
Brasilia Declaration was adopted at the second global high-level conference on
road safety held in Brazil in 2015.It lays down recommendations on
strengthening existing legislations, adopting sustainable transport and
strengthening post-crash response. It calls to reduce the deaths caused due to
traffic accidents by 50% by the year 2020. India is a signatory to Brasilia
declaration. SDG target 3.6 calls to halve the number of global deaths and
injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020.