Road accident deaths have declined by about Five Per Cent during the first
half of the current year 2017 a move towards right direction as about 1.5 lakh
were lost due to road accidents during the previous year 2016 " said Mr
Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
He was inaugurating a Three day conference on 'Vulnerable Road users in
South East Asia Region' organised by the Institute of Road Traffic education
(IRTE) on November 9th.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is committed to bringing down road
deaths in the country and has taken various steps to reduce fatal accidents in
the country. Some of the steps taken include improving safety measures in
vehicles as by mid of next year safety features like mandatory reverse sensors
, airbags, speed alert and central locking system . Similar measures are being
planned for Two wheelers “said Mr Damle .
Engineers, Traffic Management and safety professionals, school transport
managers, academia, Police and pedestrian safety experts from 22 countries
including India are taking part in a Three day conference on Safety of
Vulnerable Road Users in South East Asia Region.
In a video message to the conference Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari
said his ministry proposed to set up two thousand driving schools in the
country. The schools would double as vehicle fitness centres and pollution
The country needs 22 lakh drivers to keep the economy moving and these
centres will generate employment in various parts of the country. The Minister
said the government is concerned about the increase in road accidents and is
committed to bring them down by fifty per cent in the next three years.
The Three day conference has been organised by Institute of Road Traffic
Education (IRTE) in partnership with National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, (NHTSA) USA, the Ministry of Road transport & Highways,
Government of India The Bureau of Police Research and Development ,(BPR&D), Ministry of Home Affairs,
Government of India and the FIA Foundation UK and in technical collaboration
with the united Nations economic commission for Europe (UNECE)and the United
Nations economic and social commission for Asia and the pacific (UNESCAP)
The conference will address issues of, Pedestrians, Elderly, Differently
Abled and School Transportation with focus on Road Environment &
Infrastructure Safety Management, Legal Instruments- Responsibilities,
licensing, fitness certification, Awareness and Enforcement and Post-Crash
“All road users deserve a safe road. “Vulnerable” Road Users such as
pedestrians, motorcyclists, public transport users, School children,
differently are always at greater risk than vehicle occupants and usually bear
the greatest burden of injury during road crashes. In some countries including
India Vulnerable Road Users represent more than 70% of the fatalities.” said Dr
Rohit Baluja, President, Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE)
“Most of the Time these fatalities and serious injuries are due to high
speeds of traffic and the lack of separation between these fast moving
motorized vehicles and vulnerable users. Children, elderly, and disabled people
are particular vulnerable, as their physical and mental skills are either not
fully developed or they are especially fragile. Children and older people are
often overrepresented in traffic fatalities, especially as vulnerable road
users.” said Dr Rohit Baluja.
major highlight of the conference was unveiling of advanced new Interceptor V8
vehicle with state of the art crash lab system to help investigate accidents
and improve post crash management through road audits.