Experts called for a strong road safety law in India

roadsafetyNew Delhi : According to the National Crimes Record Bureau, over 1.4 lakh people have been killed in road crashes in India in 2014 alone.However, WHO estimates over 2 lakh deaths to road crashes. Road crashes amounts to a loss of 3% of  GDP every year . B 2015-2016 FY figures this amounts to a colossal loss of Rs. 4 lakh crores.

Safer roads and mobility is one of the five pillars of the UN Global plan for the decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The importance of saving lives on the roads has also been recognized as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which states that the road casualties must be reduced by 50% by 2020. Hence strong measures by the government are the need of the hour.

Representatives of organizations led by Dr Barry Watson, CEO of the Global Road Safety Partnership calling for the introduction of a strong road safety law in India also met  with Transport Minister of Rajasthan State Government, Mr. Yoonus Khan, who is also the Chair of Group of Ministers set up by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to deliberate on best practices in  road safety and transport policies.

Dr.Barry Watson, conducted seminar for NGO’s on Road safety aspects and emphasized on stronger law to reduce the fatalities on roads. He also urged to Indian Government to introduce long delayed road safety law as every hour that it is further delayed 15 people die on India’s roads.This two day seminar was also addressed by Mr.John Todt,UN Special Representative on Road Safety.

Vinod Kumar

Health Journalist & writer. Editor of monthly health magazine "Health Spectrum."

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