If Maharashtra succeeds in enacting such a law, it would become the first state in the country to have its own Transport Act.

The law will give powers to the state government to take action against school buses ferrying more than the stipulated number of children at a time, and trucks carrying excessive load of goods.

"The Central government's Motor Vehicles Act has several clauses that could be used against errant drivers of large vehicles. But these drivers get away finding loopholes in the Act," state Transport Minister Diwakar Raote told reporters here.

"While replying to a question during the Assembly session, I realised that we do not have an Act of our own. I have consulted the Law secretary and he has given an opinion that the state can have its own Transport Act. We have started working towards formulating the law. If we succeed, we will be the first state in the country to do so," Raote said.

Currently, the Central government's Motor Vehicle Act-1958 is applicable all over the country. No state has its own Transport Act.

The Minister said that he felt the need to formulate a separate Act because the current rules are not stringent.

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