IRU and IRF come to­gether for truck driv­ers’ safety in In­dia

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Re­cently, the In­ter­na­tional Road Fed­er­a­tion ( IRF) and the In­ter­na­tional Road Trans­port Union ( IRU) has de­cided to work to­geter to ad­dress truck driver safety in In­dia.

At the oc­ca­sion of the 67th meet­ing of UNECE Work­ing Party 1 on Road Traf­fic Safety held re­cently in New Delhi; IRU and IRF jointly launched the dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tive safety cards in Hindi. Th­ese cards pro­vide tips and guide­lines for truck driv­ers to en­sure a safe and com­fort­able jour­ney, ex­plain the risks of us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing and out­line how to re­spond in ac­ci­dent or emer­gency sit­u­a­tions to save lives.

Ac­cord­ing to Ki­ran K. Kapila, Chair­man, IRF, it is a great be­gin­ning to sup­port driv­ers’ ed­u­ca­tion to en­hance their safety in In­dia with a very prac­ti­cal con­tri­bu­tion through the driver safety cards. “It gives a very tan­gi­ble shape to our com­mit­ments to the UN Decade of Ac­tion for Road Safety,” he said. Com­ment­ing on the new ini­tia­tives Um­berto de Pretto, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, IRU main­tained that for true road trans­port pro­fes­sion­als, ev­ery road ac­ci­dent is cru­cial. Ef­fec­tively im­prov­ing road safety re­quires pro­fes­sional driv­ers to be con­stantly aware of risks and best prac­tices, as well as high qual­ity train­ing. “This is what the IRU is pur­su­ing through IRU Academy Train­ing Pro­grammes and our safety cards for driv­ers. We are very pleased to team up with IRF to dis­sem­i­nate such ini­tia­tives,” he added.

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