Committee to look into road safety, traffic mgmt
The Minister for Road Transport & Highways Shri Kamal Nath has set up a Committee to look into Road Safety and Traffic Management issues in the country. The Committee to be headed by Secretary (RT&H), is a stop gap arrangement and will cease to exist once the National Road Safety & Traffic Management Board comes into existence.
The mandate of the committee includes making recommendations, in consultation with Indian Road Congress, on safety standards for the design, construction and operation of National Highways including road infrastructure. It would also recommend formulation of standards of safety features for all mechanically propelled vehicles.
It will also provide recommendations on the procedure, methodology for collection of road safety related data and its analysis, and also guidelines for training, testing and licensing of drivers. It would make suggestions to promote best practices in road safety and traffic management. The 14 member committee would also delve on the issue of trauma care system and give suggestions for framing of guidelines for establishing and upgrading them. It would advise Central Government on road safety related issues and on administration of relevant road safety provisions envisaged under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the Rules made there under.
The committee will consist of officials from the Ministry of Road Transport& Highways, M/o Health & Family Welfare, Transport Commissioners of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Delhi Police and outside experts such as Director, ARAI, Pune, Dilip Chenoy DG, SIAM and Prof Dinesh Mohan, IIT, Delhi. Joint Secretary (Transport), M/o RT&H will be the Member Secretary. The committee may co-opt any other member as it deems appropriate.