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Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
16 DEC 2021 2:35PM by PIB Delhi
Road Accidents

Road accidents occur due to multiple causes such as over speeding, use of Mobile phone, drunken driving/consumption of alcohol / drug, overloaded Vehicle, vehicular condition, poor light condition, jumping red light, overtaking, neglect of civic bodies, weather condition, fault of driver, driving on wrong side, defect in road condition, defect in condition of motor vehicle, fault of cyclist, fault of pedestrian etc. However, no separate data/record is maintained for accident occurring due to road engineering. Further, as per data available, the total number of road accidents possible due to potholes during the period from 2019 to 2020 is as under :

 

Number of Accidents due to potholes

2019

2020

4775

3564

 

Ministry is implementing Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) which has already been rolled out for live data entry in fourteen States i.e. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha, Mizoram, Puducherry, Meghalaya, Goa & Kerala and shall be extended to all states. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is under the process of Establishment of National Road Safety Board. The board shall be responsible for advising Centre and States on promoting road safety, innovation and adoption of new technology and for regulating traffic and motor vehicles.

The executing agencies for the construction of roads mainly follow Indian Road Congress (IRC) standards/codes including Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Specifications/guidelines, which are periodically revised to keep them updated in-line with international standards.

As per information available with the Ministry, the institute of driving training institute in Telangana has been recently inaugurated in July, 2021. The details of refresher training conducted in Andhra Pradesh for drivers of heavy vehiclesduring the last three years is as under : -

 

State

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

ANDHRA PRADESH

Driving Training Institute - Vijaywada

701

549

705

 

The scheme of National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme (NHARSS) was to provide the Cashless Insurance and support for ambulances and cranes. After the passage of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, the Cashless Insurance has become a mandatory provision under the law. The scheme related to National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme (NHARSS) has been discontinued beyond 31st March, 2017.

This information was given by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

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