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
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
Every year 5 lakh road accidents are reported in the country in which
1.5 lakh people lose their lives.
Road safety in the country is managed by the Govt at the Central and
State levels supported by efforts of academia
Road Safety Management
National Road Safety Council (NRSC), headed by the Union Minister for
Road Transport and Highways is the apex advisory body on road safety.
Transport Development Council chaired by the Minister of Transport is a
high level forum for the formulation of common policies for the development
of road transport
It also includes all the Lt. Governors/Chief Commissioners of union
territories and all Ministers in charge of Transport in the state
The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 states that each State should have a Road
Safety Council headed by the Minister incharge of Transport for the state
Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016
Bill proposes increase in compensation for Hit & Run cases from Rs.
25000 to Rs. 2 lakhs.
It also has provision for payment of compensation upto Rs 10 lakh in
road accidents fatalities.
The Bill propose to improve the transport scenario in the country by
permitting the States to grant exemptions in Stage carriage and contract
carriage permits for promoting rural transport, public transport
The Bill proposes that the State Government can specify a multiplier,
not less than one and not greater than ten, to be applied to each fine
The Guardian / owner shall be deemed to be guilty in cases of offences
by the Juveniles and Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act. Registration of
Motor Vehicle to be cancelled
In the area of road safety, bill proposes to increase penalties to act
as deterrent against traffic violations.
Stricter provisions are being proposed in respect of offences like
juvenile driving, drunken driving, driving without licence, dangerous
driving, over-speeding, overloading etc.
Improving delivery of services to the stakeholders using e-Governance is
one of the major focuses of this Bill.
Harmony and uniformity of registration and licensing the process across
To help the road accident victims, Good Samaritan guidelines have been
incorporated in the Bill.