New Delhi, March 3
The road ministry said on Thursday that it had issued a notification to mandate the detailed road accident investigation procedure, the detailed accident report (DAR) and its reports as well as the deadlines for the various parties. stakeholders for expeditious settlement of claims by the Automobile Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).
The ministry, in a statement, further said that the incorporation of validated mobile phone numbers in the vehicle insurance certificate has also been made mandatory.
The new rules will come into effect from April 1, 2022.
According to the notification, upon receiving information of a traffic accident, the police investigator should inspect the scene of the accident, take photographs of the accident scene and the vehicle(s) involved in the accident. the accident and prepare a site plan.
In injury cases, the Investigator (IO) will also take pictures of the injured in the hospital, the notification said, adding that the IO should conduct a one-time investigation by examining eyewitnesses/bystanders.
In accordance with the notification, the investigator must report the accident to the claims tribunal within 48 hours of the accident, by submitting the first accident report (FAR) on Form I.
If details of the insurance policy are available, the notice of accident in Form I will also be given to the nodal officer of the relevant insurance company of the offending vehicle, he said.
He added that a copy of Form I will also be provided to the victim(s), state legal services authority, insurer and will also be uploaded to the state police website, if applicable.
The notification states that the IO will provide the description of the rights of road accident victims to the victim(s), or their legal representatives, within 10 days of the accident.
The IO must also file a copy of Form II with the DAR, he added.
The investigator must provide a blank copy of Form III to the driver of the vehicle(s) involved in the accident, and the driver must provide the relevant information from Form III to the investigator, within thirty (30) days of the accident.
While in the case of one or more minor children of the accident victim(s), the notification indicates that the IO must provide a blank VIA-form to the victim(s), who must fill in the relevant information/attach relevant documents and submit the same to the investigator within 60 days of the accident.
Subsequently, the IO will send the copy of the victim’s Form-VI and VIA along with the DAR to the Child Protection Committee, within 30 days of receipt of said Form-VI and VIA from the victims, he added.
According to the notification, the committee must determine whether the child is in need of care and protection in accordance with the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015.