The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has initiated the much-needed safety awareness program called as Road Safety Week and it has commenced on 9th January 2017. Under this program, the government will be displaying road safety banners, posters, safety films and all the vital elements required to make the masses aware of the need of safety consciousness.
The Road Safety Week has been initiated with “Walk For Safety” which took place from India gate to Shastri Bhawan, the officials of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Delhi police were also involved in the walk.
Nitin Gadkari, the minister of roads, transports, highways and shipping, has stated that the graph of accidents in India has increased by 4.6 percent as compared to the previous year and around five lakh accidents take place every year in India. Also, according to the reports of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRI), the number of accidents has been increasing every year since 2011.
The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, which will enforce hiked penalties against traffic rule break, is not yet presented in Parliament and we expect it to be put forth and get operational in a short span for the betterment of worsening conditions.
Under the efforts of traffic system improvement, the government has planned to launch two new mobile applications. Among them, E-challan is the one which will provide the facility of making the rule violation receipts (chalan) in digital form. Second is the E-parivahan app through which the vital documents such as driving license and registration certificate could be converted into digital documents.
All the efforts of the government and automobile industries might create awareness among the people and hopefully, the graph of accidents will lower down this year.