India, July 16 -- The Centre on Monday introduced the The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill to amend the MV Act, thereby bringing in higher penalties for traffic violations, bring in an online system for driving licences, and allow for Rs 5 lakh compensation in case of death and Rs 2.5 lakh for serious injuries during road accidents, among other amendments.

Introducing the Bill, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said the legislation was introduced in consultation with 18 states. "More than one lakh fifty thousand people die and five lakh people are injured annually in road accidents. This Bill will improve the country's transport system," said Gadkari.

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha last term to protest...