App-based cabs service providers such as Ola and Uber will no longer be able to escape with tariff as the state government will now control operations of aggregators including their tariff, through the new legislation cleared by the state Assembly.
The state has also decided to guard good samaritans, who try to support road accident victims, but get caught in legal mess if the victims die.
Aims to regulate safety measures, the Bill, which was passed in the state Assembly on Thursday, also makes online test for learners’ license for driving, refresher course for drivers who triggered someone’s death and certificate for eye sight for people aged above 50.
App-based aggregators have to be registered with Regional Transport Authority (RTA). “The offenders shall be punished with imprisonment for a maximum term of three months or a maximum fine of Rs 25,000 or both,” suggets the Maharashtra Transport and Roads Safety Act.
“A good samaritan shall not be liable for any civil or criminal action for any injury or death of a road accident victim that resulted with his or her negligence in acting or failing to act while rendering emergency medical or non-medical care or assistance,” it added.
However, the state government may have a procedure for questioning or examination of the good Samaritan. The bill will also puts limits on use of horns.