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