Safety audits mandated at all stages of road development to reduce accidents: Gadkari

New Delhi : Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that safety audits have been mandated at all stages of road development to reduce accidents.

Inaugurating virtual ‘Symposium on Vehicle crash safety’ he said India and other developing countries are witnessing a very high rate of road accidents and around 1.5 lakh people are killed every year which is even higher than the Covid deaths.

The Minister also said his vision is to achieve 50 per cent reduction in road accident deaths and zero accidents and deaths by 2030.

Noting that about 60 per cent of deaths are of two-wheeler riders he said that protection and safety of motorcycle traffic is the need of the hour.

Noting that the global scenario vehicle engineering technology has matured to a great extent and all road engineering measures will improve chances of fatal vehicle crash at least during the accident event, the Minister stressed on the importance of training of drivers and establishment of advanced Training Institutes and centres.

Mr Gadkari said it was his moral responsibility to make good roads and improve road infrastructure whereas cooperation, communication and coordination among all stakeholders is essential to create awareness and achieve this goals.

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