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Friday, September 9, 2016

INDIA TO HOST WORLD ROAD MEET (WRM) FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR SAFER ROADS AND SMART MOBILITY

With an aim to reduce increasing risk to small children and pedestrians from reversing or rolling back motor vehicles , government will soon make rear view sensors or backup camera’s mandatory on all new vehicles.

Recently a Three year kid had died in Delhi due to reversing vehicle in front of his parents.
“Although most cars come equipped with rear view mirrors which are adequate for detecting vehicles behind a car, but they are inadequate on for detecting small children or objects close to the ground, which fall in the car's blind spot. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will soon issue a notification to make rear view sensors mandatory in all vehicles.” said Mr Abhay Damle , Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) while speaking at curtain raiser for World Roads Meet (WRM 2017 ) organised by International Road Federation (IRF) late last evening.

“As more than 50,000 (Fifty Thousand) fatal accidents in the country take place due to overs speeding, government is also planning to make speed warning beep audio warning mandatory in vehicles on similar lines of seat belt wearing sign. At speed of 80 small beep sound warning will come and after the speed of 90 a continuous beep will alarm the speeding driver.” said Mr Damle..

“The government has already made it compulsory for all two-wheelers, which account for the highest share of accidents in the country, to either have the anti-lock braking system (ABS) or the combined braking system (CBS) by April 2019. Apart from rear view sensors and speed warning, air bags will also become mandatory in all vehicles soon. From October 1, 2018 all vehicles will have to go in for automated inspection and fitness certification test with hardly any human intervention, similarly Driving Licence test will also become automated by that time. This will help in reducing fatal road accidents.” Said Mr Damle.

“ In The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill , which will be introduced in the coming winter session of the parliament has made provisions for legal protection of Good Samaritans who help accident victims. Government has added a significant clause under which a Good Samaritan’s affidavit will have the legal force of a statement. If a statement is required, it should be recorded in a single examination. And for further information the judicial or law officer will have to go to his house and record the statement “said Mr Damle .

“India will host, for the first time, the International Road Federation’s four day World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) from November 14-17, 2017. About 3000 road safety, infrastructure and transport experts from across the world will take part in the World Roads Meet . The major highlight of the WRM 2017 will be a Summit of Transport Ministers from various parts of the globe will take part.The theme of the WRM being orgnaised by International Road Federation (IRF) is ‘Safe Roads and Smart Mobility : The Engines of Economic Growth’,”said Mr K K Kapila, Chairman , International Road Federation.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, (MoRTH) Government of India has extended their full support to WRM – 2017.Other speakers who were present on the occasion included Mr. David Stuart Watt, President, Roads’ Australia, Mr. Eric Le Corre, Director, Corporate Affairs, Michelin, Mr. Joseph Haule, Chairman, Road Fund, Tanzania, Mr. Anand Kumar, Managing Director, National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation and Dr. Subodh Kumar, Trauma Care Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) . .

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