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In the October- November 2012 issue of Trafficinfratech, we had posed the question: How safe are we on our roads? We spoke to enforcement agencies, NGOs and system providers on the safety measures available, enforcement challenges and possible solutions. Issues discussed included lack of training for enforcement personnel; need for standards and proper mechanism to ensure safety manuals are followed; lack of centralized authority to monitor construction of roads; erratic driver behaviour; not using quality products; lack of cooperation among various traffic/transport agencies, the need to have specific governmental bodies with experts and the urgency to integrate technologies. For this issue, we requested the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to tell us about the safety initiatives put in place by the government to improve road safety.

This editorial is being written on the World Head Injury Awareness Day (March 20). A study published in the Medical Journal Armed Forces India on road accidents recently threw up some alarming figures. It shows that two-wheelers are the commonest of vehicles involved in road mishaps and most victims are in the age group of 20-30 years. The number of accidents and casualties keep increasing every year, in spite of policy reforms and improvement in road infrastructure.

In his interview with Trafficinfratech, David Ward, Secretary General , Global NCAP explained the structural weaknesses of some of the small Indian cars and the need to regulate safety standards. However, at a recent conclave of automakers in Noida, it was stated that bad road conditions, poor driving habits and some drivers’ unwillingness to pay for basic safety features, such as air bags, anti-lock brakes or even helmets have been the main reasons for accidents. Only a few users want to shell out for safety features. But the experts say, safety is not as expensive as it is made out to be. So we need to find a balance.

We have also brought to our readers the content of a high level panel discussion on sustainable development of highways held as part of the Trafficinfratech Expo 2013, held last November.

 

 

 

Editor 

Traffic Infra Tech

 

6 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I am writing to you with the objective of exploring an interaction opportunity for my client Institute for Excellence in Services and Planning (IESP) on your website.

    In the field of Road Safety, IESP has also imparted training to more than 300 staff of the Mumbai Police Traffic. IESP has trained more than 3000 professionals in Airport Driving Permit (ADP) from organizations like Cambata Aviation Pvt. Ltd., Go Air, Kingfisher Airlines, Mumbai International Airport Ltd. amongst others. 

    We would like to explore the opportunity of an interaction with Mr. A.S. Khanna, Managing Director, Airawat Group, who is a certified DDC Instructor from National Safety Council, USA and can shares his expertise in the field of Road Safety and Defensive Driving emphasizing on the following aspects:
    1. Importance of road safety, particularly in India2. Socio-economic impact due to poor road safety measures in India3. How can road accidents be controlled and road safety promoted in India4. Need of training school bus drivers and truck drivers5. Initiatives taken by IESP in road safety and defensive driving skills
    Request you to kindly share your contact details with us so that we can take this forward.

    Look forward to hear from you.

    Warm regards,
    Priya Chavan
    Account Executive

    Adfactors Public Relations
    Mumbai.

  2. TrafficInfraTech - Editor

    Pls contact :-

    Ms. Mangala Chandran
    Mangala.chandran@gmail.om
    9322402161

  3. Awareness of Road safety campaign  though traffic education can impact the public attitude to follow the rules? 

  4. Nitin Pahilwani

    I had made an small report on Electronic Toll Collection. i want to publish that that report as an article in your magazine.

    Please let me know the details regarding that.

    waiting for your reply,

    Thanks and Regards
    __________________________________
    CA Nitin Pahilwani
    +91-9898 96 3506

  5. Hi,

    I am working for the corporate department and request you to please provide me the contact detail for your premier magazine as not able to find the same on your website. Basically we are interested in doing advertisement in your magazine and for that we want to get in touch with the concerned person.

    Thanks

    Best Regards,
    Pradeep Singh

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