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Defective Road Designs and Complex Intra-Government Coordination are the Biggest Hurdles for Road Safety

Press Trust of India  |  NEW DELHI 

/ -- Lawxy conducted its third annual workshop on on 30 November and 1st December 2018 at National Law University, The workshop forms part of the World Health Organization's Legal Development Programme (WHO LDP) which aims to train young professionals on legal and policy aspects of The LDP has drafted legal and policy recommendations on improving sub-standard road design and engineering which will be submitted to the (MoRTH).

On this issue, Mr. (DGP and of Authority in Telangana) mentioned that a lot of road crashes occur because of defective and He also said, "State governments should train officers so they can conduct proper and detailed investigations into the causes of road crashes. The mentality that the bigger vehicle is at fault should change." He further added "It's the duty of the Government and to bring in a cultural change of responsible driving amongst the citizens."

Mr. (Traffic Advisor, Punjab) mentioned that coordination within both State and authorities is extremely complex and a hurdle to implementing road safety policies in Mr. Asija stressed on using technology for enforcement and spoke about 'Safe Project' to improve road safety in Mr. Asija also mentioned that the MoRTH's definition of a black spot is inconsistent with the globally accepted definition and should be amended.

The LDP has also drafted legal and policy recommendations on improving the compensation model and MACT. On this issue, Dr. (Senior Advocate) emphasised that compensation should be paid as (monthly) Annuity Certificates to the claimants instead of cash. This will deter false claims and also ensure safety of the money in the recipients' hands.

Mr. (Senior Advocate) said that road safety has been a priority for the judiciary and gave examples of the on road safety and the ongoing case in the Punjab & He said, "While public interest litigations have been successful, the Government should be more pro-active and not leave this to the judiciary."

The LDP members debated on the status of the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill if the Lok Sabha dissolves and the bill is still pending in the Rajya Sabha. Mr. (Advocate) mentioned that until the Amendment Bill is passed, existing provisions in the Motor Vehicles Act are sufficient towards ensuring road safety. Dr. (Road Safety Expert) mentioned that the provision making engineers personally liable for faulty design could discourage design improvements in and should be removed from the bill.

The LDP also introduced the International Road Safety Research Journal (IRSRJ) and invited contributions. Vishwam Jindal (Core Team Member) said, "IRSRJ will encourage research and be a source for all road safety research and data."

All sessions of the workshop have been recorded and will be uploaded on and the IRSRJ website in due course.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 16:35 IST