International Road Federation (IRF) , a Geneva based global body working for Safe and Smart Road Mobility world-wide, has expressed serious concern at the growing number of road deaths in India and its failure to adopt recommended road safety actions to meet the United Nation’s Decade of Action plan for Global Road Safety, which targets to reduce road traffic fatalities by 50% by the year 2020.
“ Several initiatives for improving road safety, such as the much awaited amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), improvements in roads from the engineering perspective such as road safety audits at all stages of road construction, beginning right from the planning stage to besides identification and remedy of black spots in a sustained systematic manner, on war footing, can help drastically bring down fatal road accidents in the country” said Mr Kapila.
“At end of 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 collective 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 ongoing session of the Parliament.” he further added.
“ IRF calls upon the Hon’ble Members of Parliament to swiftly act by unanimously passing the MVA and enjoining upon the Government to ensure that India meets its commitment of ‘Decade of Action Plan’.” he added.