Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Overloaded vehicles will not be permitted on ply on national highways : Dr. C.P. Joshi

Zakir Hussein INVC,, Delhi,, Dr. C.P. Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways has said that the “Road Safety” should be incorporated in school education curriculum all over the country at the earliest. Delivering Key note address at the “12th Meeting of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC)” organised by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways here today, he said that a proper and practical road safety curriculum should be developed for this purpose as it will have a long lasting impact on the minds of our young children. Dr. Joshi said that a “Pilot Project” on Electronic surveillance of Truck drivers should be launched to check their errant behaviour. He said that the overloaded vehicles will not be permitted on ply on national highways for the sake of other commuters. He also stressed on the modifications in the methodology of issuing Driving Licenses and said that this matter should be looked in to seriously. Expressing his concern on unsatisfactory Motor Driving training, he said that there should be proper provision for skilled Motor Driving training. The driving skill of drivers should be enhanced and it should come under the “Skill category”. Dr. Joshi emphasized on the need to integrate “Information Technology (IT)” in road safety measures as it will help in getting the timely information of road accidents and also in providing the proper care to the injured persons on the spot. Voicing his concerns about Road Safety, he said that it had acquired global dimensions with the UN General Assembly resolution proclaiming a Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 which aims to save lives by halting the increasing trends in road traffic deaths and injuries world-wide. The Minister said that to address important road safety measures, 4 Working Groups on Road Safety will be constituted soon who will submit their Reports within 3 months. The mindset of all the stakeholders and the people of our country has to be changed towards the road safety measures. He announced that the frequency of holding such an important meeting of NRSC should be increased. He called upon the participating State Ministers of Transport and other representatives to set their priorities for road safety measures. He asked them to devise ways as to how the best road safety practice of one state can be implemented in other states too. There should be a proper classification of types of road accidents. Dr. Joshi laid emphasis on good quality of Roads and said that the safe passage to passengers as well as goods transport should be ensured. He said that all State Governments will have to take into consideration the needs of all road users particularly the needs of vulnerable road users while making policy decisions that impact on road safety. Shri Jatin Prasad, the Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways said that the main thrust of accident prevention and control across the world has been on “4 Es” viz.- (1) Education; (2) Enforcement; (3) Engineering; and (4) Environment and Emergency care of road accident victims. The Government is focussing on all these four approaches in its policies and programmes. Shri Tusharbhai A. Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Road Transport in his address said that the road accidents and fatalities continue to be a matter of great concern for each of the road user. The meeting was attended by the Secretary, M/o RT&H, Transport Ministers of various states/UTs, DG/IG of all state governments, senior government officers of various ministries/departments and NGOs working in the field of Road Safety.

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