Faulty vehicle makers face action - Transport Ministry Plans To Slap 1 Lakh Fine On Each Defective Product
New Delhi: The road transport and highways ministry is planning to formulate a stringent policy that will hold manufacturers accountable for making faulty vehicles. An expert committee appointed by the ministry has recommended slapping Rs 1 lakh fine on manufacturers for each faulty vehicle or a three-month jail term or both. The ministry is working on amendments to Motor Vehicle Act.
The ministry is under pressure amid a growing demand to formulate a policy on mandatory product recall like other developed nations. Sources said new recommendations stipulate that in case a consumer finds manufacturing faults with engine or any other parts, s/he would be able to lodge a complaint with the state transport authority (STA). Consequently, experts would investigate the case and suggest action. Increasing complaints from consumers and rise in instances of recalls by manufacturers have called for new rules. The ministry will hold a meeting with stakeholders to discuss these issues next week. Last year, the government had proposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on the manufacturers for each faulty vehicle and introduced a bill to set up National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board. However, the standing committee sent the bill back.
In India, companies like Maruti and Honda, have recalled particular batches of cars after detecting faults in some of their parts. “The defective vehicles having defects are usually recalled under the product recall mechanism in other countries by the national road safety authority in case the manufacturers failed to voluntarily recall the defective vehicles. This mechanism has been created by the authorities to protect consumer interest,” said S P Singh of Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training.
Published in Times of India, Edition-Delhi Page No.24, dated 10.09.2011 Article Window
This much awaited policy will safeguard the interest of the buyers. Currently in the absence of strict Indian laws this will bring relief to the Buyers. We need to have an independent agency in India to evaluate the defects in vehicles.