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Public Interest Litigation filed for mandatory motor vehicle insurance

Mr. Tushar Sheth, an advocate by profession, with a view to have relief to the families of the victim of the road accident, filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) with a Gujarat High Court, requesting Gujarat Government to make it obligatory for all vehicle owners to take insurance cover and devise a mechanism to ensure regular renewal of the same.
His argument was based on the ground that people generally do not take or renew the insurance policies for their vehicles, leading to loss and suffering for them and their families in the event of the accident, as they do not get any damages.

Citing the provision of section 146 of the Motor Vehicles Act, he said that no person can run vehicles on the road without a legitimate insurance and failure to comply attracts the penal provision.
On hearing this PIL, the bench of Chief Justice Mr. Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice Mr. J.B. Pardiwala said that this is a very serious issue and needs to be addressed on priority and in this regard directed Government pleader Mr. Prakash Jani to take directions from State Government.
The PIL also stated that mechanism should be in place wherein vehicle owners pays insurance premium for life time. This matter has been kept at abeyance and will be heard after summer vacation.


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