2015 SAFE Annual Convention themed, ‘Leapfrogging Road Safety: Way Forward’ included discussions on various aspects of safety on Indian roads, and the way forward. Auto industry professionals, Indian and Global manufacturer reps, and various government officials were in attendance.
Government officials addressed road safety aspects. Guest of Honor, Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala said road safety is one of the biggest challenges India faces. Keeping in mind our huge population and high vehicle density, improper road safety measures cause too many casualties.
A lot of work in this regard is to be undertaken in close quarters to ensure high levels of road safety to minimise casualties. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister of Transport, Kerala also addressed a session at Leapfrogging Road Safety: Way Forward.
Safety Vision 2020 – Journey of Safety initiatives session saw presentations by Transport departments of Kerala and Gujarat. P K Banerjee, Vice President, SAFE and Head Homologation, Tata Motors shared his views on road safety and represented the automobile sector in India. State Traffic Police reps also shared views on safety vision for 2020.
Nitin Gokarn, CEO and Project Director, NATRIP chaired the second session around ‘Road Transport Safety Bill – A multi sectorial Responsibility’. It was moderated by Mr. Vishnu Mathur, Director General, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. Road Safety Bill was presented.
Upcoming ITS Technology session revolved around improving vehicular safety and road safety with addresses by members of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, Institute of Urban Transport – CDAC, Ashok Leyland and Bosch.