Himachal government has issued notification seeking protection of bystanders who help accident victims, and directed hospitals, police and all other authorities to follow the guidelines.
Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued the notification for the protection of bystanders, who takes victims of accident to hospital, from harassment, an official spokesman here said.
He said that as per the notification, a bystander or good Samaritan including an eyewitness of a road accident, who takes an injured person to the nearest hospital, should be allowed to leave immediately except after furnishing address by the eyewitness only.
He shall not be liable for any civil and criminal liability, the spokesperson said.
A bystander, who informs the police or emergency services on telephone for the victims lying injured on the road, shall not be compelled to reveal his personal details, the notification stated.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare shall issue guidelines stating that all registered public and private hospitals shall not detain bystander for demand payment for registration and admission costs, unless he is a family member or relative of the injured and the injured is to be treated immediately.
It has been directed that all public and private hospitals shall implement these guidelines. In case of non compliance or violation of these guidelines, action shall be taken by the authorities, it stated.