The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected
India suffers the highest number of road accident deaths in the world with 15 deaths recorded every hour on an average. As per the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report, as many as 16.6 people per lakh die accidents in India, resulting in a loss of 3 % of GDP for the country. In its Global Road Safety Report, the WHO has stated that more attention is required to protect the vulnerable road users and improve vehicle safety.
In India draft Road Transport and Safety bill prepared by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of INDIA is under discussion currently. Various pushes and pulls by stakeholders are under operation trying to dilute the provisions of the bill which are being opposed by the Civil society organizations.The Ministry is now working on finalizing the draft for placing to the Cabinet approval and subsequent placement in winter session of parliament. The Bill will pave the way for Vehicle Regulation and Road Safety Authority prescribing minimum safety standards for vehicles, roads and its users. For introduction and smooth passage of the bill support is required across the Nation.
VOICE as an active consumer organization is organizing Walk on 15th Nov on the occasion of World Remembrance Day with the networking voluntary organizations across India. Through Walk on 15th Nov, citizens will be demanding from Government to support for introduction of the bill in the Parliament to protect them.