The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2022

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was introduced in Rajya Saba on December 09, 2022. The Bill seeks to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 [Act No. 59 of 1988] contained certain timeframes under sub-section (3) of section 166 for filing application for compensation in respect of accidents before the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals. However, those periods of limitation were subsequently removed by omitting sub-section (3) of section 166, vide section 53 of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 1994. This expunging of timeframe might have been made by taking into consideration of the hardships faced by the victims of the accidents in complying the said time limit. Thenceforth, the victims of accidents have been at liberty to file application for compensation before the Motor Accident Claims Tribunals without reckoning the period between the date of accident and filing of application.