|Shri Nitin Gadkari –Union Minister of Road
Transport & Highways and Shipping
“ More than 10% of the world’s road deaths take place on India’s killer roads — which account for less than 3% of the world’s vehicles. That too when many such incidents are not documented at all. What is more worrying is the sharp rise in road fatalities over the past decade. Lakhs of fatalities and serious injuries on Indian roads could have been saved if recommended road safety actions are adopted and adhered to ” said Mr K .K Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation (IRF), reacting to today’s MoRTH report released by Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari .
“Road Safety engineering is major part of road safety action world wide, it is lacking in India. Installing appropriate infrastructure to make the roads safer. Road signs, markings and crash barriers should be treated as bare necessities rather than adornments. Simple measures like segregating pedestrians and non-motorised traffic from the main vehicular stream, and ensuring that sidewalks and road shoulders are usable, can bring down the number of injuries significantly.” Said Mr Kapila.
“In India, the responsibility for road safety is dispersed among a range of authorities — from transport and public works to police, home, and health, to name a few — resulting in a piecemeal approach. All the critical elements that have helped other countries tackle the challenge have been incorporated in the National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board Bill. But the Bill still has to be passed into law by Parliament. Similarly The Motor Vehicles Act (MVA) Amendment bill is still waiting for Parliament nod .” Said Mr Kapila.
“At 2016, we are in the midst of the ‘’Decade of Action Plan’’ and have a mammoth task of catching up with the target of reducing road fatalities by 50% by 2020. A strong political will, which is beyond party politics and differences of opinion, is the need of the hour. IRF earnestly appeals to all political parties of India to stand united for the cause of road safety and pass the amended MV Act (MVA) in the coming session of the Parliament.”” Kapila added.