Road Safety

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Why India's Road Safety Initiatives Are Reaching A Dead-End

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 However, the rules and regulations governing road safety date back to the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 (MVA), which is outdated and poorly enforced.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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Need For Speed: Road Safety Reforms Could Save Lakhs Of Lives In India

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.
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Why Car Seats For Kids Should Be Mandatory In India

In the last decade or so, more than 1.2 million people in India have died in road accidents. Children are particularly vulnerable to injury, but as data from the US reveals, proper seats and restraints can reduce the risk of injury and death for children by as much as 71% for kids under one year of age and by 54% for toddlers between one and four years. This is a clear indication to me that car seats should be mandatory everywhere, including India. Yet there is no such law.
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A Million Deaths Later, Road Safety Issues Stay Parked In India

A year from Gopinath Munde's demise, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's conviction to ensure safer roads seems to be on shaky ground. He did release a fairly comprehensive Bill in September last year, but over the course of the past several months and many protests by vested interests and lobbies later, this Bill is in shambles. An exercise that started with none other than a Union Cabinet Minister's road accident death has become the subject of official apathy and an example of extremely weak political will.
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The Life Cycle of India

For a lot of people in our country the bicycle is a two-seater, a family vehicle, a SUV, and a cargo vehicle, all rolled into one. A family of four on a bicycle is a fairly common and dangerous sight in our country. To them, the greatest inventor wasn't the one who invented the wheel, it was the one who invented the second one and attached them to a frame and pedals.