International Road Federation (IRF) organised a seminar on ‘Role of Corporates in Road Safety’ in New Delhi recently, where Vijay Chibber, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) made this observation while speaking there. He announced that a new car crash test facility will be set up by the end of 2014-15 financial year.
Statistics reveal that India records the world’s highest count of fatalities on road, I presume you aren’t surprised. India has only one percent of entire world’s vehicle population, and despite that, the country sees 10 percent of world’s fatal accidents (about 1.3 million) happening here. In 2012, around 1,38,000 people lost their lives in road accidents in India, out of 4,90,000 known accidents. Because of road accidents, the country suffers losses of Rs 100,000 crores per year.
Indian Government is working continuously and taking steps to check fatal accidents through renovating road conditions, providing separate lanes for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and buses, construction of bylanes on highways every 50km, allocating resting areas on highway, enforcing further safety protocols to public transport, etc. Despite, it will remain impossible to ensure road safety unless each and everyone of us complies with basic safety principles like wearing helmet/ seatbelt, maintaining speed limit, using turn indicators for turning and lane changing, avoiding high beam head lights in city limits and the like.
Via – Autocar Professional