Awareness among all stakeholders key to safer roads in India
On 20 June a dilapidated, overcrowded public bus skidded off a hilly Himachal road and crashed into a gorge, killing 44 people and injuring 34. Had the bus been in a better condition, with just the permitted number of passengers and, if crash barriers were in place at the point of drop, the lives could've been saved. Unfortunately, road safety has not been taken seriously for decades despite the loss of lives every year. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, passed by the Union government is about to change that.
Road to safety
Every year 150,000 lives are lost, and nearly 1 million people are seriously injured in road crashes.