Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Current Affairs
Supreme Court has accepted Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) proposal to use hologram-based coloured stickers on vehicles, plying in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) to indicate the nature of the fuel used. The apex court has asked government to implement use of coloured stickers on vehicles plying in Delhi-NCR by September 30, 2018. It also clarified that this colour-coding will only be applicable in Delhi and NCR.
With this approval, Delhi will be first city in India to have hologram-based coloured stickers on according to fuel they run on. This move aims to counter air pollution in national capital. Under this colour scheme proposed by MoRTH, light-blue colour will be used for vehicles running petrol and CNG-run vehicles while orange colour sticker will be used for diesel-driven vehicles. These hologram-based stickers will also contain registration date of the vehicle. MoRTH is also considering to introduce green number plates for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Introduction of coloured stickers will restrict use of more polluting vehicles in congested or polluted zone temporarily or permanently depending on the pollution level. The colour coding will help authorities identify and restrict vehicles running on high-polluting fuel from congested or polluted zone temporarily or permanently depending on the pollution level
Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had appointed Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador of its Road Safety campaigns. As part of this campaign, three short films featuring Akshay Kumar for generating public awareness towards road safety were also released. These films were directed by R.Balki and call upon people to adopt good practices in road safety to build accident-free society.
The subject of road safety is of supreme importance in India as approximately around 1,46,000 people had died in road accidents across the country in 2017. Majority of the road accidents involved two-wheelers, where the victims were not wearing helmets and over 65% of deaths on roads were of people in employable age. Government had introduced Road Safety Bill in Parliament (yet to pass) having provisions for stricter penalties for offenders. Union Ministry of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways also had constituted national road safety council as apex body to take policy decisions in matters of road safety. It also had requested all states and Union Territories to set up state road safety council and district road safety committee and to hold their meetings regularly.