Road Safety Current Affairs - 2020

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United Nations launches UN Road Safety Trust Fund

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.

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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.

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