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OPEN LETTER ENDORSED BY EMINENT CITIZENS SENT TO PRIME MINISTER MODI TO MAKE ROAD SAFETY A NATIONAL PRIORITY

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Mr. Ashim Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer

Phone +91 9350998460

Email: coo@consumer-voice.org

Date: 16 July 2018

 

Judges, bureaucrats, scientists, artists, authors, industrialists, MPs, civil society organizations and road crash victims call upon the Government to strengthen road safety laws.

In light of the horrible road crashes that are occurring across the country killing people by the thousands, eminent citizens and road crash victims have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister appealing to him to make road safety a national priority and to ensure the passage of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2017 during the upcoming session, which seeks to strengthen the laws regarding road safety. The Bill has been languishing in the Parliament for almost two years.

The letter reminds the Prime Minister that over 1.5 lakh road traffic fatalities occur year after year, with more than 5 lakh injuries, many of them disabled for life. Road safety shows no sign of improvement despite the matter being closely monitored by the Supreme Court. While the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Gadkari has made a personal commitment to the issue of road safety, the Ministry has failed to push the Bill through the Parliament where it first faced roadblocks from the Lok Sabha and then now the Rajya Sabha. The country will also miss the goal of reducing road traffic injury and death by 50% by 2020 set in the Brasilia Declaration, to which India is a signatory.

The road safety community has consistently stressed that road safety is not about blaming the drivers, but about creating a safer road system, which includes safer roads, safer vehicles, safer users and speed control besides stricter monitoring and stiffer penalties. “The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill addresses many of these issues, which coupled with robust enforcement, can significantly reduce the burden of road traffic trauma, thus avoiding needless loss of human life, suffering and economic loss to the country”, said the Road Safety Network, a coalition of road safety organizations, which led the effort to get eminent citizens from across the nation to endorse the grim issue to the Prime Minister.

The letter has been endorsed by many ex-bureaucrats, judges, scientists, artists, authors, and industrialists of high stature, many national award winners, as well as road crash survivors and next of kin of victims.

The Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2017 which is pending in the Parliament since long is costing more than 400 Indians their lives in avoidable road crashes every day. It is time for the Government to make road safety a national priority” says Mr. Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE.

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