Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fine of up to Rs 1 crore in offing for erring pilots, airlines violating safety norms

Presently, the DGCA only debars, suspends and sometimes cancels permission to fly for airlines, individual pilots or engineers who err on the wrong side but is not allowed to impose any monetary penalty.

Civil aviation secretary R N Choubey confirmed the government's plans to amend the Aircraft Act, 1934.

"Currently, there is no provision to levy penalties. This should be allowed to happen," Choubey said, adding that the government supported stringent provisions in place for the DGCA to deal with violations at various levels, including those related to airlines, pilots, crew members and other entities.

"Now, if there is any irregularity the licence of the entire airline is suspended for some time. This is an extreme punishment and there is no provision for anything in between," Choubey said.

"We are saying that unless something is very severe, there should be a provision for levying a fine."

According to a TOI report, the Ministry of Civil Aviation plans to introduce the amendments in the winter session of Parliament. In the draft of the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the ministry has proposed other changes as well, such as increasing the quantum of the fine that can be imposed under this law to up to Rs 1crore from the existing amount of Rs 10 lakh.
24/10/16 India TV
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