Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
28-August-2012 16:04 IST
National Safety Policy For Road Accidents
A total number of 1,34,513 persons were killed and 5,27,512 were injured in road accidents during the calendar year 2010. During the calendar year 2011, 1,42,485 persons died and 5,11,394 were injured in road accidents.

During the 12th Five Year Plan, emphasis has been given for implementation of National Road Safety Policy on 6 Es (earlier 4 Es) i.e. education, enforcement, engineering (roads), engineering (vehicles), emergency care and enactment, strengthening of institutional mechanism and important other issues like establishment of road safety database, safer vehicles, enforcement of safety laws, safety vulnerable road users road safety traffic education & training, emergency medical service for road accidents through networking of ambulance, cranes, interceptors supported by a call centre with a toll free no. operated on 24x7 basis etc.

For better implementation of the policy, a National Workshop on “improving the safety of most vulnerable road users” was held at New Delhi on 03.04.2012. Besides, a meeting was also held with State Transport Ministers on 31st July 2012 in New Delhi in which the states were advised to draw up an annual action plan for road safety and strengthen the institutional mechanism at the state level to address road safety issues. This includes setting up of state road safety councils and district road safety committees, setting up of road safety funds by pooling of 50% of the penalties realized by way of compounding of traffic offences, identifying and rectification of black spots on state highways and rural roads, setting up of more driving schools with private participation, inclusion of road safety curriculum in school syllabus etc. They were also advised to share their experiences and to adopt the good practices prevalent in the other states.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is not contemplating any change in the national road safety policy.

The information was given by the Minister of State of Road Transport and Highways, Dr. Tushar A. Chaudhary in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.