Road Safety Current Affairs
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.
United Nations has launched UN Road Safety Trust Fund to improve road safety worldwide to save lives and prevent the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents. UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is secretariat for the trust fund. The fund has potential to galvanise global efforts to address road safety situation, building on progress made and experience gained over Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund
The fund aims to accelerate progress in improving global road safety by bridging gaps in mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels. It will mobilize resources from governments, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, philanthropic organizations and individuals.
It will support efforts along five pillars of Global Plan for Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-20), which include improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks; strengthened road safety management capacities; enhanced safety of vehicles; improved behaviour of road users and improved post-crash care.
The fund will serve as catalyst for much-needed progress towards road safety targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG targets 3.6 and 11.2 aim to halve number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents and provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems as well as improve road safety for all.
Resolution on road safety
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) also adopted resolution on road safety, sponsored by Russia. It calls for host of measures to prevent road accidents and to minimising resulting damage. It has urged adoption of policies and measures to implement vehicle safety regulations to ensure that all new motor vehicles meet applicable minimum regulations for protection of occupants and other road users, with seat belts, airbags and active safety systems fitted as standard equipment.