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Contact : Mr. Ashim Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer
Phone : +91 9350998460
Email :  coo@consumer-voice.org
Date :  17 April 2018

CONSUMER VOICE URGES NITIN GADKRI TO JOIN HANDS WITH THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN THEIR NEW RESOLUTION TO TACKLE GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY PROBLEM

More Than 1 Lakh Indians Die Each Year In Road Accidents In The Absence Of A Strong Road Safety Law

New Delhi:  In wake of the the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) announcement to adopt a new resolution, Improving Global Road Safety, calling for strong and urgent global action to improve global road safety, Consumer Voice has today written a letter to the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari asking him to follow the suit and pass the long-pending road safety law in the upcoming session of parliament. The commitment by the United Nations to tackle these deaths through the Decade of Action on Road Safety and through the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 3.6: reduce road deaths by 50 percent by 2020 and 11.2: provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all) are an indication of the action required. Road crashes kill more than 1.3 million people each year and in India making the road road traffic mortality at a whopping 16.6 per (100 000 population) and one of the highest in the world. As per the latest report released by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, a total of 480,652 road accidents took place in India in 2016, which resulted in the loss of 150,785 human lives and left 494,625 people injured. India is losing more than 400 lives on roads every day.

“The road safety law is pending in the Parliament since one year. Each day delay is costing more than 400 Indians their lives in avoidable road crashes every day” says Mr. Ashim Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Voice. “With the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly resolution on road safety, Our government must join the UN and act to stop this public health crisis” adds Mr. Sanyal

The international community has recognized road safety as a critical component of the global development agenda through the adoption of a resolution to improve global road safety at the United Nations General Assembly. It is time for the Government to take immediate action for the passage of Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2017.

One of the most effective ways to reduce road crash deaths is through strong road safety laws. The Amendment Bill strengthens many provisions of the current law.The bill proposes hikes in the fines and the quantum of punishment for some of the serious violations of traffic rules. In a letter to the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, and Hon’ble Union Minister for Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari Consumer VOICE urged to pass the bill in coming session of Parliament.