Consider smart cards for motor vehicle policy holders: HC tells Centre

August 27, 2014

The Madras High Court on Tuesday called upon the Department of Banking and Insurance to consider issuing cashless smart cards to motor vehicle policy holders by public and private sector insurance companies so that accident victims could get the best and timely medical aid.

The First Bench, of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, passed the order on a writ petition by A.P. Suryaprakasam, an advocate, who said several accident victims, belonging to poor families, suffered untold hardships for want of quality and timely medical aid. In most of the hit and run cases, vehicle drivers did not come forward to help victims because they themselves could not afford to meet the initial medical expenses. Hence, he made a representation to the Department to direct all insurance companies to issue smart cards to vehicle owners at the time of issuing the insurance policy. The cards could be used by the person causing accident to admit the victims in the nearest hospital for timely and quality treatment during the Golden Hour.

Policy decision

Disposing of the petition, the Bench said the matter involved a policy decision. It was for the Department to examine the suggestion within three months and communicate the decision to the petitioner.


This will help accident victims get the best and timely medical aid


Source:The Hindu

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