More people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else

Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) is implementing FIA’s (Federation Internationale de L’Automobile) ‘Action for Road Safety’ global campaign. FMSCI President Mr J…

India road safetyFederation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) is implementing FIA’s (Federation Internationale de L’Automobile) ‘Action for Road Safety’ global campaign. FMSCI President Mr J Prithiviraj launched the campaign at Coimbatore last weekend.

“More people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world every year. We need to work towards improving road safety awareness in the country,” Mr Prithiviraj said. FIA’s ‘Action for Road Safety’ supports United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety and aims to lower global road accidents and work on the safer motoring message.

FMSCI’s Mobility Commission headed by vice-president RK Dhawan with assistance from Racing Commission chairman Akbar Ebrahim, has put together a proposal for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours in India. “The FMSCI’s Mobility Commission is working on a project that we hope will help in the cause,” Mr Prithiviraj added.

All vehicles competing in FMSCI National events will carry an FIA Road Safety Campaign logo sticker to increase awareness among youth involved in motorsports. All registered FMSCI motorsports clubs support the campaign and will partake in a survey questionnaire sent out by the FIA Mobility wing to all its ASNs (national sporting authority). Government of India will be presented with highlights of this programme mooted by the FMSCI in association with FIA. Engagement with auto manufacturers in India to support and promote the programme is a key focus area.

In this regard, interaction with schools and colleges in India will be improved to promote the message of road safety awareness. Safety and Advanced Driving Programmes in key centres with support from Government of India is sought to provide detailed insight and training to participating drivers of different levels focusing on correct driving procedures in tandem with road safety and driving techniques to handle situations. Focus on child safety and child restraint in the car will also be highlighted.