Fatal accidents in India is not what the country wants to be known for, but can issues be addressed to force change in attitude, and numbers quickly and efficiently. As Indian government looks to establish a National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board to address road safety related issues, the board, governed by ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) will focus on ‘regulation of road safety, traffic management system and safety standards in highway design and construction’ says Vijay Chhibber, secretary, road transport and highways ministry.
Proposed Road Safety and Traffic Management Board will play a role in developing and regulating road safety, traffic management system and safety standards in highway design and construction. It can seek explanation and issue directions to both government and private agencies on road safety issues.
Road Safety and Traffic Management Board can summon vehicle manufacturers, if vehicles involved in accidents are found to be faulty. The board can recommend minimum design, construction, operation and maintenance standards for national highways. Safety audits to monitor compliance will be carried out, apart from research on road safety and traffic management, apart from determining data collection methods. India needs to lower road accident deaths by raising safety and protective quality of road networks to benefit users says Dr K.K.Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation (IRF).