A complete overhaul of the RTO system, professionally managed and centralized driver's licensing regime, stringent punishment for drunk-driving, over-speeding and rash-driving, provisions for protection of children, cyclists and pedestrians on the road, a standardized and scientific approach to crash investigation, fixing accountability for faulty road design and engineering, and establishment of a lead agency for road safety are some of the consensus-based recommendations collected through a series of high-level consultation meetings involving experts and senior decision-makers from the Central Government, 9 State Governments, auto industry, insurance industry, NGOs, leading academic institutions such as IITs and IISc, and international institutions such as World Bank and Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP).
Commenting on the proposition of a graduated driver licensing system, Arnab Bandyopadhyay, Road Safety expert from the World Bank and one of the people involved in building the recommendations stated, “The graduated licensing system allows drivers to move from lower risk to higher risk situations gradually as their driving experience and maturity increases”.
Agreeing with Mr. Bandyopadhyay, Piyush Tewari, Founder & CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation added, "A comprehensive and all-encompassing law is the need of the hour but equally important is to establish a robust mechanism for enforcement of the law. Given the involvement of multiple stakeholders in implementing road safety measures, it is imperative that a lead agency for road safety be established through the new Act and given full authority to bring leadership and cohesiveness into the actions of the multiple agencies involved".
In the past decade over 11 lakh people have died in road accidents in India and over 55 lakh have been left seriously injured or permanently disabled. According to the Planning Commission of India the country suffers an astounding loss of 3% of GDP every year due to road accidents alone. Introducing a stronger law to protect road-users is clearly the need of the hour and the beginning of a long and arduous journey to save millions of innocent lives over the next decade.
About SaveLIFE Foundation
SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is an independent, non-profit non-governmental organization focused on improving road safety and emergency medical care across India. SLF combines innovative on-ground interventions with advocacy for stronger national level policies to establish a sustainable framework for Road Safety and Emergency Medical Care. In the recent past, SaveLIFE Foundation has been responsible for securing the ban on trucks from carrying protruding rods, responsible for killing over 9000 people in 2012 alone. Presently, SLF is advocating for a comprehensive and all-inclusive national road safety law including protection, from legal hassles, for Good Samaritans who assist injured road accident victims. For more, please visit, www.savelifefoundation.org
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