Greater Noida/ New Delhi November 14, 2017
India needs customized solutions for implementing road and vehicular safety measures based on reliable data on road accidents instead of cut and paste solutions being implemented from the developed countries.i
“The pattern of road use is different in the Western countries as compared to India , the data at present being used to implement road safety measures particularly for vehicular safety is not reliable . The Government needs to find actual causes of road deaths “said R.C.Bhargava, Non executive Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India ltd while speaking at the World Road Meeting organized by International Road Federation (IRF) here today.
“As per the data of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH ) about 72 % vehicles are Two wheelers in the country and 24 % as Four Wheelers . About 35 % of total road deaths in the country are of Two wheeler riders, 18 % of four wheeler owners , 11 % of truck users and 10 % pedestrians. The government needs to focus more on venerable users .The government figures of 84 % deaths caused due to driver fault needs to be further researched “ said Bhargava.
“Some of the solutions needed are educating and enforcing wearing of helmet for Two wheelers as well as the government should encourage Two wheeler users to shift to four Wheel vehicles for safety .Apart from this the driver license issuing should be made more stringent with Automation and use of modern technology” added Bhargava.
“Maruti Suzuki as part of endeavor to increase awareness about road safety will soon be signing an MoU with Delhi government to provide technology solutions for road safety and enforcement of law in the capital. This will include providing high definition camera’s to assess real time traffic volume, traffic monitoring ,detecting traffic violations and automatic challaning to promote traffic discipline” he said.
“ Over 1,000 global Road safety experts, professionals, companies and Government organisations, active in the road transport and mobility sectors from various parts of the world are taking part in the Four day 18th World Road Meeting (WRM), being organised by the Geneva based International Road Federation (IRF) promoting Safe and better Roads world wide world will discuss ways and means for Safer Roads and Smart Mobility to improve economy .” said K K Kapila, Chairman ,International Road Federation(IRF) while speaking on the occasion.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Jean Todt , President FIA and special UN envoy on Road Safety , Jeffery P Michael, Associate Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator, USA, Yunus Khan, Transport Minister and Lucia Lorio an Transport Expert.
The World Road Meet was inaugurated by Union Minsiter for Transport and Highways and waterways Nitin Gadkari