SAFE ROAD - SAFE LIFE

Assocham Bulletin - - GOVERNMENT INTERACNONS -

The Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways is hop­ing that the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act (Amend­ment) Bill, 2017 will be cleared by the Ra­jya Sabha dur­ing the win­ter ses­sion of Par­lia­ment, said Mr. Yud­hvir Singh Ma­lik, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways while inau­gu­rat­ing the ASSOCHAM 3rd Con­fer­ence on 'Safe Road­Safe Life' held on De­cem­ber 13, 2017.

Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act (Amend­ment) Bill, 2017 will bring about dras­tic changes in the old law, which is es­sen­tially the need of the hour, so as to help in bring­ing down the rate of road ac­ci­dents. It proposes heavy penal­ties for var­i­ous traf­fic of­fences, three-year jail for par­ents of mi­nors drivers caus­ing fa­tal ac­ci­dents and a ten­fold in­crease in com­pen­sa­tion for fam­i­lies.of ac­ci­dent vic­tims and the best part be­ing, it pro­tects the re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens who come for­ward to help the ac­ci­dent vic­tims.

Nowa­days, the ma­jor con­cern is road safety. Although In­dia has the sec­ond largest road net­work in the world with 4.2 mil­lion km, the in­creased road length has not kept pace with the in­creas­ing num­ber of mo­tor ve­hi­cles. It is ironic that In­dia's road net­work has grown at an an­nual rate of 4% since 1951but the num­ber of ve­hi­cles has in­creased nearly 11%. Due to this we find choked roads

and in­creas­ing ac­ci­dents on ev­ery day ba­sis. Mr. Ma­lik in­formed that 36% of the road ac­ci­dents, are on the na­tional high­ways and the re­main­ing are in­te­ri­ors roads and district roads of the states.

In terms of build­ing skills for drivers, the driver train­ing schools have to playa ma­jor role in terms en­hanc­ing build­ing a driver ca­pac­ity and the­new bill proposes that if one has a suc­cess­ful driver train­ing cer­tifi­cate from one of the ac­cred­ited driv­ing schools, he will not be re­quired to ap­pear for driv­ing test be­fore the li­cence author­ity, added Mr. Ma­lik.

Mr. Depen­dra Pathak, LPS., Spe­cial Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Traf­fic, Delhi said that the dan­ger while on travel is due to three things ma­jorly, over speed­ing, dan­ger­ous (me­an­der­ing) driv­ing and drunk driv­ing. It is sad to know that there is one death ev­ery four min­utes due to a road ac­ci­dent in In­dia. Drunken driv­ing isone ofthe lead­ing causes ofroad fa­tal­i­ties.

Mr. Pathak in­formed that the Delhi Traf­fic Po­lice has un­der­taken many cam­paigns against drunken driv­ing. Fa­mous cab ag­gre­ga­tors and lead­ing pubs in the city have been roped in to cam­paign against the me­nace of drunken driv­ing. They are be­ing brought in to ed­u­cate and sen­si­tize cit­i­zens on road safety. Safe roads are a pri­or­ity as many in­no­cent lives are lost and fam­i­lies de­stroyed due to no fault of theirs. Delhi Po­lice' s ini­tia­tive with bars and clubs in

Delhi, 'Bar Talk' is an at­tempt to de­ter peo­ple to drive after a night out drink­ing.

"0 n one hand very strict pros­e­cu­tion and on the other hand aware­ness cam­paign is on. This aware­ness cam­paign we have also tied up with comics like di­a­mond comics and many pub­lish­ers and an­i­ma­tion com­pa­nies have come for­ward. We are try­ing to cre­ate some kind of cre­ativ­ity which can give sub­tle mes­sage in the form of comics or films or car­toons which we can run on so­cial me­dia", added Mr. Pathak.

The ef­fec­tive­ness of th­ese cam­paigns can only be mea­sured if there are re­duced road ac­ci­dents due to aware­ness among peo­ple. Safe roads are not im­por­tant but a ne­ces­sity so that pre­cious lives are not lost un­nec­es­sar­ily and we have to en­sure that safety rules of the road are in­grained into our chil­dren's minds so as to re­duce ac­ci­dents year by year.

DrAGEO (L-R)Mr. D. S. Rawat, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, ASSOCHAM, Mr. Pradeep Parmeswaran, Head of Cen­tral Op­er­a­tions, UBER, Mr. Yud­hvir Singh Ma­lik, I.A.S, Sec­re­tary, Govern­ment of In­dia, Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways, Mr. Rahul Bharti, Vice-Pres­i­dent (Cor­po­rate Plan­ning & Govern­ment Af­fairs), Maruti Suzuki In­dia Limited, Mr. Depen­dra Pathak, I.PS., Spe­cial Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Traf­fic, Delhi, Mr. Babu Lal Jain, Se­nior Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee Mem­ber, ASSOCHAM.

Mr. D. S. Rawat, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, ASSOCHAM wel­com­ing & greet­ing

Mr. Yud­hvir Singh Ma­lik, I.AS, Sec­re­tary, Govern­ment of In­dia, Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways.

(R-L) Mr. San­deep Ku­mar Jain, Joint Di­rec­tor, ASSOCHAM, Ms. Ra­jni Gandhi, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Trax - Road Safety NGO, Dr. K. D. Gupta, Se­nior Mem­ber, Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee-ASSOCHAM, Mr. N. \I. Subba Rao, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Cho­la­man­dalam MS Risk Ser­vices Ltd., Dr. Amit Bhard­waj, Se­nior Re­search Of­fi­cer G.CS., NIT! Aayog, Got, Mr. Bha­iron Singh Gur­jar, Ad­di­tional Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Traf­fic, Delhi Po­lice, Dr. Patan­jali Dev Nayar, Re­gional Ad­viser, Dis­abil­ity, In­jury Pre­ven­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, WHO, Mr. Surinder Pal Singh, Sec­re­tary and CEO, Driver Train­ing In­sti­tute, Bu­rari, Ms TanyaS. Pecheuti, Project Co­or­di­na­tor, Ra­jasthan Road Safety Ed­u­ca­tion and Aware­ness Mis­sion.

Mr. Depen­dra Pathak, I.PS., Spe­cial Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Traf­fic, Delhi ad­dress­ing the au­di­ence.

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