An important step by the government to reduce the number of road accidents in India is to adopt international standards for airbags used in cars.
The government is working to reduce the number of road accidents in the country by taking a series of steps, including the creation of helipads at roadside amenities. Union Minister VK Singh said these heliports are being created along national highways to provide urgent care to anyone in need.
The Minister of Roads and Highways Transport added that the government has placed ambulances at each toll station on the highway to cater for emergencies but more needs to be done in this area. . He added that hospitals could also set up trauma centers at heliports. Another step includes the adoption of international standards for airbags used in cars.
Speaking at the event, Singh noted that 11% of the world’s accidents happen in India and the government aims to work to reduce this number to 20,000 per year from the current 50,000 per year. . He emphasized that this is achievable and things can be adjusted and remedied if all stakeholders work together towards the same goal.
Singh noted that most road accidents happen due to someone else’s fault and that despite their best efforts, very few people enforce a sense of road safety. He emphasized that it is necessary to create an ecological system to ensure safety, and this system must include all stakeholders including the transport industry, drivers and driving schools.
The Union Minister for Roads and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has repeatedly emphasized the need for strong road safety measures in the country. During a meeting at the Rajya Sabha in April, the Minister noted that based on the latest issue of World Road Statistics (WRS) 2018 released by the International Road Federation, India stands in the position of third in terms of number of accidents. He also highlighted various steps being taken by the government to reduce accidental deaths.
(with input from PTI)
Date of first publication: June 30, 2022, 09:54 AM IST