Rajya Sabha on 3 March 2016 passed the Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The bill seeks to empower Union government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention.
With this, both the Houses of Parliament passed the bill that was introduced in Lok Sabha on 7 August 2015 by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Lok Sabha passed the bill in December 2015.
Highlights of the Bills
• The Bill amends the Carriage by Air Act, 1972 which regulates carriage by air and gives effect to the Warsaw Convention, 1929, the Warsaw Convention as amended by The Hague Protocol, 1955, and the Montreal Convention, 1999.
• It also provides for application of the international aviation travel rules to domestic travel, subject to exceptions and adaptations.
• It empowers Union government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention.
• It empowers Union Government to make rules to carry out provisions of the Act.
• It intends to increase the liability limit for damage in case of delay, injury or death to each person.
• It also intends to revise the liability limits in case of damage, loss, or delay of baggage and cargo as per global counterparts.
The bill will now go for the Presidential assent as per Article 111 of the Indian Constitution.
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What: Passed in Rajya Sabha
When: 3 March 2016
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