indian transport report

Topics: Road transport, Road safety, Road Pages: 62 (20296 words) Published: May 23, 2014
Government of India

Report of the Committee
on

Road Safety and Traffic Management

Published by
The Secretariat for the Committee on Infrastructure
Planning Commission, Government of India
Yojana Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi - 110 001
www.infrastructure.gov.in
February 2007

Contents
Preface
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Introduction
Constitution of the Committee
Terms of Reference
Current scenario of road safety in India
Existing institutional setup for road safety in India
International Review of road safety practices
National Road Safety Policy
National Road Safety Agency for India
Relationship with the Ministry
The Board
National Road Safety Fund
Set up at the state level
Advisory Committees
The National Road Safety and Traffic Management Bill
Amendments to traffic laws
Decriminalization of Road Accidents
Insurance
Dedicated Highway Police

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List of Appendices
Appendix 1
Organization chart for the National Road Safety Board
Appendix II
Order constituting the Committee
Appendix 1II
National Road Safety and Traffic Management Bill, 2007

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Preface
Road safety is a multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional subject. It includes orderly development and management of roads, provision of safer vehicles, and a comprehensive response to accidents. It relies on modern traffic management systems and practices, improved safety standards in design, construction, operation and maintenance of roads, and production and maintenance of safer vehicles.

Owing to unsafe conditions on roads, the rate of accidents in India has been high. According to WHO statistics for 2002, out of about 11.8 lakh road accident deaths across the world, 84,674 deaths were reported from India alone. In the year 2004, the number of road accident deaths in India increased to 92,618. A study undertaken by the Planning Commission in 2002 estimated the social cost of road accidents in India at about 3 per cent of GDP. Considering the gravity of the situation, there is consensus that concerted measures are necessary for reducing this high level of accident deaths and injuries through improved safety measures and traffic management.

With a view to identifying the policies and interventions that are necessary for promoting road safety, the Committee on Infrastructure (CoI), chaired by the Prime Minister, directed in its meeting held on January 13, 2005 that an Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary would address the issues relating to creation of a Directorate of Road Safety and Traffic Management. For detailed deliberations on these issues and for making

recommendations to the Empowered Committee of Secretaries, the Department of Road Transport and Highways constituted a Committee on Road Safety and Traffic Management consisting of stakeholders and experts. After extensive consultations, the Committee submitted its Report on Road Safety and Traffic Management.

In particular, the aforesaid Report recommends a legal, institutional and financial framework necessary for furthering the cause of road safety in India. It suggests the setting up of a National Road Safety Board to lay down standards and guidelines, and to oversee and coordinate all activities pertaining to road safety. Since the states have a major role to play in promoting road safety, the Committee has suggested a package of incentives to encourage the states to adopt

well designed programmes to reduce road accidents. The Report includes a draft of the National Road Safety and Traffic Management Bill.
The Department of Road Transport and Highways held
consultations with various stakeholders and State Governments in order to ascertain their views and build consensus on the recommendations contained in the aforesaid Report. Thereafter, the Report was placed before the CoI in its...
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