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For protection of Good Samaritans, Centre amends Motor Vehicles Rules

Updated : October 01, 2020 06:17 PM IST

Seeking to protect Good Samaritans, who help road accident victims, the Narendra Modi government has notified amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

As per the amended rules, "Protection of good Samaritans which provides that a Good Samaritan shall not be liable for any civil or criminal action for any injury to or death of the victim of an accident involving a motor vehicle, where such injury or death resulted from the Good Samaritan's negligence in acting or failing to act while rendering emergency medical or non-medical care or assistance and that the Central Government may by rules provide for the procedure for questioning or examination of the Good Samaritan, disclosure of personal information of the Good Samaritan and such other related matters."

According to the notification published by the ministry of road transport and highways, a Good Samaritan shall have the rights as detailed in the rules and shall be treated respectfully without any discrimination on the grounds of religion, nationality, caste, or sex.

Besides, no police officer or any other person shall compel a Good Samaritan to disclose the name, identity, address, or any such other personal details: Provided that the Good Samaritan may voluntarily choose to disclose his /her name.

Also, every public and the private hospital shall publish a charter in Hindi, English, and vernacular language, at the entrance or other conspicuous location, and on their website, stating the rights of Good Samaritans under the Act and the Rules made thereunder.

Coming to the examination of Good Samaritan, the notification said, "If a person has voluntarily agreed to become a witness in the case in which he has acted as a Good Samaritan, he shall be examined in accordance with the provisions of this rule and detailed guidelines and process has been mentioned in the rules."
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