SAFE ROAD - SAFE LIFE
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.