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“In every 4 minutes a road accident death is caused, every minute a road accident makes four citizens disabled; road accidents cause an annual loss of 3% GDP, a cumulative loss of Rs. 7 lakh crore in primary treatment”

India accounts for more than 10 percent of road fatalities, with only 2 percent of the global motor vehicle population. The legal framework, established under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, largely remained unchanged for 28 years, despite the fact that the rate of accidents has increased by 2.5 per cent (2015) and rate of road fatalities by 4.6 per cent. The deaths caused due to road accidents are 1,682 times more than the number of people die in an terrorist attacks or due to any epidemic in the country.
In wake of the alarming condition and correspondingly India’s commitment to reduce the number of road accident fatalities by fifty per cent by the year 2020, the Government of India introduced the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament on August 9, 2016. This bill addresses the issue of road safety in India which is a laudable move after the unfortunate withdrawal of the Road Safety and Transportation Bill, 2014.
Acknowledging the above mentioned alarming conditions, conducting research and advocacy for sustainable mobility has been one of the crucial work areas of CUTS focusing on robust transportation planning with emphasis on road safety, including environmental and economic issues for genuinely sustainable mobile future. CUTS has been working in the area of Road Safety for more than two decades and has carried out number of awareness programmes and campaigns. Recognising the need of brining amendments in the present act, CUTS conceived and designed the Road Safety Advocacy (RoSA) Project in partnership with Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP). This one-year advocacy project commenced from October 01, 2016.
The Project aims to generate awareness about the Bill and its key highlights among all stakeholders including common public and making a strong base for urgent enactment of Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in India. So as to address the burning issues of common road users related to road safety through strong advocacy.

Project Activities:

To achieve the project aim, project intends to do the following activities.
  • Reaching out Parliamentarians for their support to the Bill during debate & voting in their respective houses.
  • Meeting of ‘Parliamentarians’ Forum on Economic Policy issues (PARFORE)’ on Road Safety: To initiate discussions on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment), 2016.
  • National Advocacy Meeting and Regional Advocacy Meetings for building enabling environment by mobilizing different stakeholders and pressure groups.
  • Organising University, college and school level activities to generate awareness about the road safety in Rajasthan along with media.