It’s a late beginning but the route has been well charted
Safety of commuters requires that roads are audited periodically
A government committee estimated that road accidents rose by about 50% between 2005 and 2015
The past two decades have witnessed a huge rise in road accidents, fatalities and other safety concerns in India. A government committee estimated that road accidents rose by about 50% between 2005 and 2015. However, it was only in 2014 that the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) committee proposed a new legislation, incorporating all modes of transportation, multi-modal integration, road safety, etc. Following that, the Road Transport and Safety Bill was drafted in 2014. Finally, it was redrafted with the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in 2019. The bill suggests a new National Transportation Policy, which may replace the existing National Urban Transport Policy, 2014. The inclusion of rural India and hilly regions within the scope of the Bill will allow a gradual reduction of rural/hilly region road accidents. The central government may develop a National Transportation Policy, in consultation with state governments along with safety experts in transportation.