The founders of ThinkNiti, Mr. Nishant Bhaskar and Mr. Vishwam Jindal, possess the valued experience of successfully conducting the WHO Legal Development Programme on Road Safety in India in 2018.

LDP was a fully-funded global project of the World Health Organization that aimed at making roads safer. Mr. Nishant Bhaskar and Mr. Vishwam Jindal spear-headed this Programme in India with the intention of curbing the menace of road accidents.

Throughout the course of several months, the Programme trained several professionals, technical experts, policy-makers and academicians in understanding key policy-related issues affecting India’s road safety. These participants were provided with class-room style training and lectures by policy experts, senior advocates, road safety experts and government officials.

Apart from just learning and understanding road safety policies, the Programme and its participants, led by the Core Committee, drafted key policies for the benefit of the government agencies. These policies complemented India’s Road Safety Policy, 2017 and contained insightful data in the form of well-researched material.

LDP

The founders of ThinkNiti, Mr. Nishant Bhaskar and Mr. Vishwam Jindal, possess the valued experience of successfully conducting the WHO Legal Development Programme on Road Safety in India in 2018.

LDP was a fully-funded global project of the World Health Organization that aimed at making roads safer. Mr. Nishant Bhaskar and Mr. Vishwam Jindal spear-headed this Programme in India with the intention of curbing the menace of road accidents.

Throughout the course of several months, the Programme trained several professionals, technical experts, policy-makers and academicians in understanding key policy-related issues affecting India’s road safety. These participants were provided with class-room style training and lectures by policy experts, senior advocates, road safety experts and government officials.

ROAD SAFETY CRISIS

The Problem

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17 people die every hour on Indian roads

13 lakh + people have been killed in road crashes in the past decade

4.61 lakh road accidents occurred in 2018

1.49 lakh road deaths reported in 2018

13.8% were innocent pedestrians

4.3 lakh crores is the cost to India due to road crashes annually

ROAD SAFETY: BRIEFS, REPORTS & GUIDELINES

Apart from just learning and understanding road safety policies, the Programme and its participants, led by the Core Committee, drafted key policies for the benefit of the government agencies. These policies complemented India’s Road Safety Policy, 2017 and contained insightful data in the form of well-researched material (Upload the modules)

MOUs

To realise the objective of effective implementation of national level policies, ThinkNiti has entered into Memorandums of Understanding with multiple organisations. (Upload MOUs)

Key Reasons

Non-Observance of Road Etiquette

  • Speed-driving
  • Using mobiles while driving
  • Over-loaded vehicles
  • Fatigued driving
  • Under-age driving
  • Unlicensed and untrained driving

 

Faulty Road Design and Engineering

  • Lack of safety standards for vehicles
  • Flawed road designing disregarding slow-moving traffic
  • Poor road maintenance
  • Defective traffic lights

Inadequate and Ineffective Enforcement of Traffic Laws

  • Lack of stringent penalty system
  • Minimal use of technology in enforcement
  • Limited risk factors addressed legally

 Lack of Awareness

  • Inadequate education imparted in schools on road hazards and fatalities
  • More workshops and training required on road safety matters
  • Traffic personnel lack latest equipment

 Inefficient Post-Trauma Care and Management

  • No standard protocol for immediate care
  • Lack of sensitization among people
  • No universal emergency number
  • National ambulance code not issued yet

Indian road traffic is currently regulated by the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Since the Act was brought into force at a time when the present traffic scenario could not have been envisaged, it therefore fails to address some of the primary road safety parameters and awards penalties that are hardly strict. In the last 31 years, the Act has only been moderately amended, as a result of which it does not take into consideration a number of key contributing factors to road crashes. It only takes into its ambit the ‘motor vehicles’, thus, keeping out road users in general, such as the cyclists, pedestrians and other slow moving traffic.

Thus, ThinkNiti, in association with LDP India, aims to make India’s roads safer and more organized through policy research and advocacy.