Society for Automotive Fitness and Environment (SAFE), a SIAM initiative in association with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Transport Department, Government of Karnataka & All India Federation of Motor Vehicle Department organised its annual convention today in Bangalore. This year’s theme set the thrust on ‘’Road Safety: Bringing Policy & Practice Together’’ to share the best practices adopted by government and private organisation in the area of vehicular safety, technology innovations, enforcement for enhancing road safety.
The convention aimed at addressing rising concerns of road fatalities, with traffic collisions on Indian roads numbered amongst the highest in the world. According to a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, more than 1,35,000 traffic collision-related deaths occur in India every year. The International Road Federation (IRF) in 2012 estimated that traffic collision results in an annual monetary loss of $20 billion (short scale) in India. This figure includes expenses associated with the accident victim, property damage and administration expenses.
The inaugural session was addressed by Mr. Vikram S Kiroloskar, President, SIAM along with Mr. P. N Sreenivasachary, Principal Secretary, Transport, Government of Karnataka, Mr. Amaranarayana K, Transport Commissioner, Government of Karnataka; Mr. S V Suderson, President, SAFE and Dr Venkat Srinivas, Vice President, SAFE
Speaking at the convention, Mr. S.V. Suderson, President, SAFE said, ‘’The issue of road safety is very crucial in India. Loss of life is not only huge in terms of numbers, but majority of people affected are from the younger age brackets. We have a long way to go before our roads become safe for all users.”
“Understanding the complex problems is the first step. Physical and mental health of motorists, their vehicle condition and pedestrians’ behaviour are some of the key factors. We need to address each of these stakeholders to raise the overall standard of road safety” he added
Mr. Vikram Kirloskar expressed his happiness about the efforts put in by SAFE over the last one year, saying “Community education is crucial to improve the road safety. SAFE has worked along with government authorities and regulators to raise awareness through an innovative and collaborative approach and have conducted several activities to take the mission forward. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours’’