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Road safety is a critical issue in India. The number of vehicles on its roads is rising, urban centres are congested, and motorway networks are expanding. However, the rules and regulations governing road safety date back to the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 (MVA), which is outdated and poorly enforced. Then there is a general lack of awareness of basic traffic rules, absence of traffic signage and lights, and dangerous road conditions. Finally, neither passenger nor commercial vehicles come equipped with basic safety features.
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There's no death of frightening reports on India's abysmal road safety record. The most recent is the WHO's "Global Road Safety Report 2015". Due in large part to lax or negligible enforcement of road safety laws, an estimated 207,551 people died in road accidents during 2014. Interestingly, the estimate provided by India's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) was 141,526 during the same period. The trend is sobering: with the exception of a short downward blip in 2012, traffic fatalities in India have been rising consistently since 2007.
Road safety campaigns initiatives are numerous and I am the first to encourage and support them. Nevertheless, without building quality roads and infrastructure, how can we expect a whole system to change?
Five years have gone by since I started my activities in India and I have to say that the country has really moved forward on many projects. But one question remains: How long will India still support overloaded trucks on its roads?