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Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill identifies cab aggregators as ‘digital intermediaries’: gives govt power to regulate them

Taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola will now be treated as "digital intermediaries" according to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019, which was passed in the Rajya Sabha on July 31. Importantly, while these aggregators will be issued licenses by state governments, as has been the case so far, state governments will now have to work on the guidelines issued by the central government in order to provide licenses to aggregators. It also mandates that aggregators comply with provisions of the IT Act, 2000. Violation of licensing conditions could lead to a penalty between ₹25,000 and ₹1 lakh. An earlier speculation that Aadhaar will be made mandatory for getting drivers' licences and registration certificates, isn't part of the new Bill. The new amendments to the bill also propose digitisation of processes like issuance of learner's license, payment of fines and penalties and electronic monitoring of roads for improving "safety": Electronic monitoring and enforcement of road safety: The bill inserts a new section 136A which mandates state governments to ensure electronic monitoring and enforcement of road safety on national and state highways, and urban roads. It also directs the central government to make rules for the electronic monitoring and aid system through installation of speed cameras, CCTV cameras, speed guns and body wearable cameras. Issue or grant of licenses or permits: The bill suggests that a licensing authority may issue a learner’s licence in electronic form under central government guidelines. Receipt of money (including fines): Receipts and payments of money should be…

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