Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Current Affairs - 2019

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Road Safety Week 2019

The Road Safety Week was initiated by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways with an aim to raise public awareness about traffic rules and ultimately reduce casualties due to road accidents. Charitable Organizations, Non-Government Organizations and Private firms across the country join hand with the government to provide logistic support to the Road Safety Week Campaign.

The Road safety week is observed annually to make people more aware of the traffic rules and to persuade them to follow rules while on road.

Road Safety Week 2019

India is celebrating the 30th Road Safety Week from 04th February (Monday) to the 10th February (Sunday). The following activities are organised as part of the Road Safety Week 2019:

  • Road safety leaflets including roses, chocolates and flowers are distributed to the travellers on the road.
  • Commuters are sensitized about the methods and necessities of the road safety means they must understand the use of helmets or seat belts while driving on the road or anywhere.
  • Various painting and drawing competitions, road safety announcements, exhibitions, road rules test, girls scooter rally to encourage the use of helmets, debates on road safety at the All India Radio, workshops, seminar and etc activities are organized.
  • Free medical checkup camps and driving training workshops are organized for the drivers to encourage them towards road safety.
  • Road safety quiz competitions are also organized to promote people about road safety.
  • Traffic safety games including card games, puzzles, board games and etc are organized to educate school children about road safety.

The road accidents are mainly attributed to behavioural tendencies such as habitual flouting of traffic rules like- not wearing a helmet, not wearing a seat belt, jumping traffic lights, over speeding, drunken driving etc. Road Safety Week is aimed at making people aware of the perils of not following traffic rules and the emotional and financial trauma that it could bring to their families.

Sukhad Yatra App and Toll-free Emergency number for Highway users launched

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has launched Sukhad Yatra mobile application and 1033 Toll-free Emergency number for highway users. It also launched scheme for District Driving Training Centres and will provide grant of financial assistance for Road Safety Advocacy and awards for outstanding work in Road Safety.

Sukhad Yatra mobile application

It has been prepared by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to empower Highway user. Its key feature includes provision for user to enter road quality-related information and to report any accident or pothole on highway.

It also provides users with real-time data related to waiting time expected at plazas and various facilities like points of interest, highway nest and nest mini, etc. available across highway. It can also be used by users to purchase FASTag tag and further facilitate highway user experience.

Toll-free number 1033

It will enable users to report an emergency condition and highway-related feedback. Its service has been integrated with various ambulance, tow away services along highway to ensure rapid response time in case emergency. The service is supported by a multi-lingual support and user location tracking features to provide the user with accurate and responsive complaint resolution.

Scheme for District Driving Training Centres

Under it, at least one model driving training centre will be set up in each district of States/UTs. MoRTH will provide financial assistance of up to Rs. 1 crore for these centres. Its objective is to create employment and meeting requirement of HMV and LMV drivers in country.

It also aims at inculcating habit of road safety, like attitudinal and behavioral changes among drivers. These centres will conduct training course for drivers carrying dangerous and hazardous goods. The agencies that will open centre will provide infrastructure facilities like land, class rooms, simulator, etc.

Scheme for grant of financial assistance

The financial assistance will be provided for administering Road Safety Advocacy and awards for outstanding done in field of Road Safety. Under it, assistance up to Rs. 5 lakh will be provided to NGO, Cooperative Societies, Trust and other agencies for administering road safety programme. Three awards of Rs. 5 lakhs, Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh will be given in each State/UT to individuals of agencies engaged in road safety advocacy and allied activities.