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India sets up new committee to cover road safety and traffic management

Kamal Nath, the Indian Minister for Road Transport & Highways (RT&H), has set up a new committee aimed at tackling road safety issues in India, has set up a committee to look into road safety and traffic management issues in the country. The committee will be headed by the Secretary of RT&H, Mahadeo Khandela, and will have its first meeting today (October 22). It is believed that the committee is a stop-gap arrangement and will cease to exist once the National Road Safety & Traffic Management Board comes into existence. Among those on the committee will be officials from the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Transport Commissioners of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Delhi Police and outside experts such as the director of ARAI, Pune, Dilip Chenoy and Professor Dinesh Mohan, IIT, Delhi. The committee may co-opt any other member as it deems appropriate.

Right: Kamal Nath, the Indian Minister for Road Transport & Highways (RT&H), has set up a new committee aimed at tackling road safety issues in India

The mandate of the committee includes making recommendations – in consultation with the Indian Road Congress – on safety standards for the design, construction and operation of National Highways, including road infrastructure. It will also recommend the formulation of a series of standards for safety features on all mechanically propelled vehicles. The committee will also provide recommendations on the procedures and methodology for the collection of road safety-related data and its analysis, as well as the coordination and development of ITS projects.

The new committee will also formulate guidelines for the training, testing and licensing of all vehicle drivers. It will make suggestions to help promote the best practices in road safety and traffic management. The 14-member committee will also look into the issue of an accident trauma care system and give suggestions for the framing of guidelines for establishing and upgrading them. It will advise the Indian Central Government on road safety-related issues and on administration of relevant road safety provisions envisaged under Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

 

October 22, 2009

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