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SC gives slew of directions to State’s & UT’s regarding Road Safety, Read Judgment Here

December 2,2017:

Apex Court has directed all the States and the Union Territories to prepare a “Road Safety Action Plan” by end of March,2018.

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Supreme Court has passed a slew of directions while hearing a PIL on the road safety in India.

Apex Court has directed Union Territories and the States, which have not formed the road safety policies to formulate same by January,2018.

SC’s Two-Judge Bench comprising of Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta passed the order in a petition filed by S Rajaseekaran who is an orthopedic surgeon from Coimbatore.

Petitioner contended before Apex Court that 90% of the deaths in the road accidents are due to the lack of proper implementation of the safety rules.

According to an analysis of Report by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways published in September 2017 titled as “Road Accidents in India-2016”, a total number of 4,80,652 road accidents took place in India in year 2016 of which 1,50,785 accidents claimed life and 4,94,624 accidents left persons with the grievous injuries.

Report further states that ratio of the road accidents in India has decreased by 4.1% but fatalities in accidents have risen by 3.2 %.

According to the report, 13 States in India have highest accountability (86%) for the road accidents and the deaths (84%).

National Highways and State Highways account for 29.6% and 25.3% of the road accidents while 37% of accidents are caused on traffic junctions. The number of deaths caused on National Highways and the State Highways are 34.5% and 27.9% respectively.

Supreme Court Bench while agreeing to the statistics issued 25 directions, which include directions to the 4 Union territories and 3 States to formulate the “Road Safety Policy” by January 2018 and carry out its implementation in an effective manner.

SC Bench has directed setting up of the District Road Committee to review and take coercive steps on the road safety issues, to improve road conditions, carrying out the road safety audits, setting up of the emergency medical units in each district and to ensure that proper safety measures such as air bags and abs in the vehicles including two wheelers.

Case has now been kept for further hearing on February 7, 2018.

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Source - ptinews.com

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