Draconian penalties are a bad idea in a porous country like India and are likely to encourage rent-seeking attitudes
India’s roads are dangerous. Anyone who is up and about in traffic can personally vouch for it, with little need for statistics. The reported numbers are horrific. India’s fatality rate is 12 per 100,000, which tops the table of large countries by a margin. Road fatalities easily make the top 10 causes of death, behind only ischaemic heart fatalities and lung diseases and ahead of diabetes. India’s roads are tense passageways filled with indiscipline, anger and a decidedly uncharacteristic sense of urgency.