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Court asks Himachal to create Motor Accidents Claim cell

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed to create a Motor Accidents Claims monitoring cell in each District headed by the Dy. Superintendents of Police to monitor the compliance of the mandatory provisions of Motor Vehicle Act during hearing of a PIL on the issue of several bus accidents being reported from all over the State for the last few months.

A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan these orders on a petition filed by Ajay Sipahiya & others from Solan, which was treated as Public Interest Litigation.

The Court directed the H.P. Police to start a website with all the relevant information and documents regarding road accidents, which can be accessed by the claimants, insurance companies as well as Motor Accident Claims Tribunals. The Court also directed the Police to supply the copies of FIR and other documents to the claimants/Tribunals and to maintain registers at Police Stations indicating the details regarding date of dispatch of FIR and Form 54 of the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals.

The Court also directed the Presiding officers of MACTs to convene meeting once in a month with Police, prosecution agencies and insurance Officers to ensure that compliance is made and the grievance of the sufferers is redressed without delay. The Court directed the Principal Secretary (Home) to the Govt. of H.P., the Director General of Police, all the District Judges and the Superintendents of Police of all districts to report on compliance of the orders passed today.

The Court further directed the government to report compliance on its earlier directions dated September 4 regarding steps taken by it to prevent occurrences of vehicular accidents and to explore possibilities of creation of the posts of Mobile Traffic Magistrate in each District and Special Mobile Traffic Magistrate in Shimla and Dharamshala in order to prevent reckless driving and avoid traffic accidents by conducting traffic checking and spot trials within their jurisdiction.

The Court posted the matter for November 3.

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