What the Government has Done for Road Safety : National Road Safety Policy


The Government of India has recognized that road accidents is a leading cause of death in the country. It has also recognized the importance of addressing road safety in order to reduce the number of accidents, deaths and injuries on the road. This must also be seen as a joint effort/responsibility of State and Central Government. The National Road Safety Policy is an effort for this movement by the government.

Policy Statements:

The Government has taken the following steps to improve safety on the roads:

  1. Raise awareness about issues related to road safety

    The government would escalate its efforts to endorse awareness about road safety and all its aspects. This includes the implications of road accidents and the steps which have to be taken to reduce the number of incidents. The purpose of this is to enable and empower people on the road in order for them to take on a meaningful role in promoting road safety.

  2. Launch a Road Safety Information Database

    The government would help with increasing the quality of data collection, transmission, analysis and crash investigation by extending a hand to Union Territories, States and local bodies.

  3. Safer Road Infrastructure

    There will be measures taken by the Government to ensure better standards in terms of design and safety of urban and rural roads. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is to be put in use to ensure efficient and safe transport system which will be on par with international best practices.

  4. Safer Vehicles

    The vehicles on the roads must be signed off as in line with international standards so that they pose least threat in terms of safety on the roads and harm to the environment. For this the safety features must be monitored from the stage of design, production, operation and maintenance of vehicles.

  5. Safer Drivers

    The government will take measures to ensure that only highly capable and competent drivers are behind the wheel by making the system of driver licensing stricter.

  6. Safer conditions for Vulnerable Road Users

    The needs of people on the road (including the physically challenged, the vulnerable and non-motorized transport) will be taken into account during the design and construction of all road facilities. Town planners, highway, engineers, traffic engineers and architects will have to keep ‘best practices’ while working on roads.

  7. Road Traffic Safety Education and Training

    Publicity campaigns, training and education will be used to create awareness and instil road safety knowledge among the population (both in the community and in educational institutions).

  8. Safety Laws Enforcement

    Various state and other governments will be aided by the Government of India to strengthen enforcements. This will make safety law implementation more uniform and effective. Highway Patrolling on National and State Highways will also be increased in number and frequency.

  9. Emergency Medical Amenities for Accidents on the Road

    There will be all efforts made from the government to ensure that everyone who is involved in accidents on the road will get quick, superior medical care. The main features of such medical care includes efficient rescue operations and conducting first aid at the accident site, as well as transporting the injured to the hospital for further care. Further, the government will ensure that all hospitals near National Highways/ State Highways are prepared to care for those who are injured in road accidents sufficiently.

  10. HRD and Research for Road Safety

    Programmes of road safety research will be encouraged by the government. This includes identifying priority areas, funding research, founding research and academic institutions etc. The results of such research will be disseminated by the government through workshops, training, publication, conferences and websites.

  11. Fortifying Institutional, Legal and Financial Environment for Road Safety

Implementation Strategy

National Road Safety Board is an agency that the Government has dedicated to supervise the matters related to road safety. This board is meant to provide strategies that will implement Road Safety Policy. National Road Safety Fund is also to be established by the Government to fund road activities.


News About National Road Safety Policy

  • Mild to medium colour-blind citizens approved to obtain driving licenses by the Government

    The Indian government has decided to allow citizens with mild to medium colour blindness to apply for driving licenses. Previous restrictions had prevented citizens with colour blindness to apply for a license and the MoRTH initiative will enable ‘divyangjan’ to avail various transport-related services. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification which is for the amendment to the Form 1 and Form 1A of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 to enable the citizens with mild to medium colour blindness to obtain a driving license. The ministry also has issued an advisory for the people with monocular vision.

    According to the statement, the ministry has received representations that the citizens with colour blindness are not able to get a driving license due to the restrictions through the requirements in the declaration about physical fitness (Form 1) or medical certificate (Form 1A). The issue was addressed and advice was taken from a medical expert assigned to the task. The recommendations given by the medical expert was to allow mild to medium colour blind citizens to attain a driving license and drive and restrictions must be put on the citizens suffering from extreme colour blindness.

    1 July 2020

  • Government Agencies Plan To Make City Roads Safe

    Recently, SaveLIFE Foundation, a group that advocates road safety conducted a survey in across 10 cities . According to the survey, poor condition of the roads in India has contributed to the increasing number of accidents. The report also blamed lack of responsibility among enforcement agencies and vehicle users.

    Also, during their awareness programme in colleges in Nagpur, they found out that only 40% of teenagers actually possess driving licence. Vinay Kunte, Traffic Expert stated that only 1 out of 4 persons give driving test honestly while the remaining pay bribe. Which is a shocking revelation cause driving licence issued to people who cannot drive safe is directly related to road accidents.

    Social activist and secretary of Vidarbha Taxpayers' Association, Tejinder Singh Renu agreed to most of the findings of the survey and added that strong road safety law and driving responsibly will reduce accidents in our country. He further stated that only deserving candidates should be given driving licence as we are risking lives by issuing it to the undeserving.

    24 July 2017

  • Eye test for availing DL

    People above the age of 50 years will soon have to go for eye tests if they wish to renew their driving licenses. The Maharashtra Transport and Road Safety bill is waiting for the President’s approval. It can make the eye test mandatory for the people above the age of 50 years to get an eye test done for renewing their Dls.

    As per an official, general medical certificate is what has to be submitted now. If the bill is passed then eye test from a certified ophthalmologist will also be required.

    8 May 2017

  • Vehicles without third-party insurance will be impounded

    According to the Transport Ministry, any and all vehicles without insurance in union territories will be impounded.

    This decision was arrived upon based on a decision from the Supreme Court which had said that third-party insurance is mandatory for all vehicles.A committee created specifically for Road Safety came to this conclusion given that India sees plenty of accidents happen each year.

    SD Sundaresan, Transport Commissioner, spoke on the same and urged that all vehicle owners need to have a third-party coverage to take care of any accidents. He also suggested that police forces should be looking at impounding vehicles that don’t have insurance on them.

    04 May 2017

  • National Regulation for Cab aggregators

    A Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in order to examine relevant issues regarding existing permits that were provided to yellow/black taxis, aggregators and so on. This committee has now recommended that city taxis should be allowed to run on platforms that are App based. The recommendations of the policy also say that it should be ensured that bigger aggregators do not undercut all traditional cabs.

    The main focus of this policy is to ensure a ride that is secure, affordable and safe so as to reduce pollution as well as congestion.

    04 April 2017

  • Track Driver Offences on Public Domain Soon

    The Road Transport Authority is developing a new system that will soon allow tracking of driving offences on the public domain. The software will allow people to track driving offences by entering the driving license number. This system will have a record of all the driving offences, which includes over speeding, violation of traffic rules, drunk driving, driving stolen vehicles, etc. If the plan works, Andhra Pradesh will be the first Indian state to introduce a tracking system for the drivers. Currently, the RTA is integrating the existing IT system of all the districts in Andhra Pradesh to the new software that is it creating and training the staff. The RTA staff have to collect and upload the data of the offenders on the software and publish it on the public domain. This software will start working in a few months.

    29 August 2016

  • Priority of Transport Department is Road Safety

    Road safety is the top priority of the Transport Department and efforts are being made to ensure that there is a reduction in death and injuries due to road accidents said Moirangthem Lakshmikumar who is the Transport Commissioner of Manipur during a press conference. He also spoke about the changes that are being made to the Motor Vehicles Act by the Central government to increase penalties given to traffic offenders. The Government of Manipur has also put forth the rule making it mandatory for riders and pillions on a two wheeler to wear a helmet. A stringent drive will be launched so as to enforce this directive at the earliest which will be called ‘No Helmet No Petrol’. In order to ensure the safety of school going children, a notification has been issued mandating that school vehicles must not carry over 1.5 times the seating capacity. A yellow strip must also be mandatorily painted on vehicles that carry school children. A State Road Safety Fund has been introduced and numerous activities are being carried out such as Road Safety Week and so on along with the release of AV road safety related manuals through AIR, Imphal and local television channels.

    12 August 2016

  • Road Transport Reformation to Happen Soon

    New reforms to be rolled in road transport might change the current situation citizens have faced for years. Approval has been given by the Union Cabinet to amend the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. In a bid to curb drunken driving, the fine proposed is Rs.10,000. In the event the driver is a juvenile, then the parents or guardian will be held accountable. The reforms will also help drive out corruption from the RTOs. Along with these reforms comes increased compensations for the victims of road accidents. Insurance settlements will also be tackled to implement a better and simpler process. Issuing driving licences, transport permits and vehicle registrations will also be streamlined. The core of these reforms will lie in automation, e-governance, online services and technology. The new processes will be transparent, user-friendly, and corruption free.

    12 August 2016

  • Transporters in Arunachal Pradesh seek revision of fare

    The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) led by its president Dobing Sonam has urged the Commissioner of Transport to revise the passenger fare from Itanagar to Seppa to Rs.800 from Rs.650 in a memorandum that was submitted on Monday. The memorandum was submitted to the Commissioner of Transport and a request for the change in fare was made as per the notification issued by the State Transport Authority (STA).

    28 July 2016

  • Driving License to be Revoked on Third Offence:GoM

    Due to the rising number of accidents and resulting fatalities in the country, a guide for road transport sector has been constituted by a Group of Ministers. Recommendations include granting driving license only after the candidate has completed 16 years for gearless vehicles and revoking license for the third offence.

    They have also pointed out that Rules of Regulation of 1989 have become obsolete and that there is an urgent need to issue new regulations based on today’s requirements. This group is headed by Yoonus Khan who is the transport minister of Rajasthan.

    Other suggestions include stricter evaluation during permanent license procurement, issue of learner’s license online, doing away with truck driver’s dress code, allowing vehicular registration at dealer’s end and so on.

    20 June 2016

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