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Road Safety Meeting

  • 17 Jan 2020
  • 3 min read

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Recently, the 18th meeting of National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and 39th meeting of Transport Development Council (TDC) were held in New Delhi under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH).

Key Points

  • The ministry is discussing with States the steps required for improving the engagement of the society towards accidents, and victims, whose life can be saved within the first ‘golden hour.’
    • Golden hour refers to the immediate one-hour time period following a traumatic injury, during which, chances of preventing death by way of prompt medical treatment are the highest.
  • Different road safety aspects discussed in the meeting:
    • The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019
    • Tourist Vehicles Authorisation and Permit Rules 2019
    • Bus port guidelines
    • Digitisation of transport and abolition of border check posts
    • Inter-state transfer of vehicle registration and driving licenses
    • Harmonisation of road tax across States – One Nation One Tax
    • Vehicle scrapping policy
    • Guidelines for setting up, authorisation and operation of vehicle scrapping facility
    • Implementation of vehicle tracking platform under Nirbhaya framework.
  • The meeting also highlighted 36% improvement on national highways and 26% on State highways.

Steps Need to be Taken

  • The meeting underlined the need to include NGOs and engineering students in conducting road audits.
  • There is a need to bring about behavioural change towards road safety.
  • Road discipline should begin from the family, school and society level.

National Road Safety Council

  • It is an advisory body which was established under section 215 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 with the objective of improving road safety aspects in the road transport sector.
  • The Council is chaired by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways.
  • In 2011, MoRTH formed five separate working groups on the four Es of road safety-
    • Education
    • Engineering of Roads
    • Engineering of Vehicles
    • Enforcement, and Emergency Care.

Transport Development Council

  • It is the highest body to advise the Government on all matters relating to roads and road transport.
  • The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways is the Chairman of the Council.
  • It meets at least once a year.

Source: PIB

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