Union Road and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has expressed hope that the Road Transport and Safety Bill 2015 will be passed in the Budget session of Parliament. Addressing a road safety week function in Mumbai, Mr. Gadkari said, Centre needs approval of the states on the bill as the motor vehicle laws fall in the Concurrent List.

He said, India accounts for over 12 per cent of the worldwide road fatalities and one of the leading reasons for this is drunk driving. Around the world, 12.4 million people die each year in road accidents. He said his ministry has decided to identify black spots or accident-prone areas on the national highways and develop them to reduce such incidents.

Mr. Gadkari said, he has proposed to the government to set a separate ministry for road transport and create a road safety authority.

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