Society for Automotive Fitness and Environment 2014 meet

SIAM’s initiative in association with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Transport Department, Government of Karnataka & All India Federation of Motor Vehicle Department organised its annual convention in Bangalore. With focus on ‘Road Safety: Bringing Policy & Practice Together’, Society for Automotive Fitness & Environment (SAFE) stressed on best practices in vehicular safety, technology innovations, enforcement for enhancing road safety.

Society for Automotive Fitness & EnvironmentRoad fatalities and traffic collisions on Indian roads numbered amongst the highest in the world was addresses. As per a report from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, 1,35,000 traffic collision-related deaths occur in India each year. International Road Federation (IRF) in 2012 estimated traffic collision results in an annual monetary loss of $20 billion (short scale) in India. This takes into its realm expenses associated with an accident victim, property damage and administration expenses.

In attendance were Mr. Vikram S Kiroloskar, President, SIAM along with Mr. P. N Sreenivasachary, Principal Secretary, Transport, Government of Karnataka, Mr. Amaranarayana K, Transport Commissioner, Government of Karnataka; Mr. S V Suderson, President, SAFE and Dr Venkat Srinivas, Vice President, SAFE

Mr. S.V. Suderson, President, SAFEsaid, “The issue of road safety is very crucial in India. Loss of life is not only huge in terms of numbers, but majority of people affected are from the younger age brackets.We have a long way to go before our roads become safe for all users.”

“Understanding the complex problems is the first step. Physical and mental health of motorists, their vehicle condition and pedestrians’ behaviour are some of the key factors. We need to address each of thesestakeholders to raise the overall standard of road safety” he added

Mr. Vikram Kirloskar said, “Community education is crucial to improve the road safety. SAFE has worked along with government authorities and regulatorsto raise awareness through an innovative and collaborative approach and have conducted several activities to take the mission forward. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours’’

One session discussed best practices and policies to enhance road safety having presentations from the Transport and Traffic Police Department. Government of Karnataka presented a case for better policies and practices in the area of road safety followed by presentation on Adoption of safety practices by Indian Automotive sector by Volvo. The session concluded with an overview on safety policies concerned to Transport Department by All India Federation of Motor Vehicle Department.

The 2nd session focused on International and National Learning’s on Vehicular Safety and Technology innovations with contributions by International Motorcycle Manufacturer Association for an overview of global approaches for safer Motorcycling. A presentation on global practices for reduction of road fatalities by Honda Motor Co. Ltd, Japan ensued, with te session closing with addresses on new safety technologies and innovations in Indian automobiles sector by Nissan and Bosch.

The final session included a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM with representatives from the Transport Department of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Institute of Driving & Traffic Research and KPIT Cummins and revolved around implementation of policy and practices in the area.