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Oscar pins hope on ‘vision zero’ goal to reduce road accident deaths by 50%

He also stated that his ministry will also take all necessary action to expedite the settlement of motor accident claims. The minister was chairing the deliberations of a conference on ‘Strengthening Road Safety Legislation: Saving Lives’.

Expressing concern over  the number of persons killed in road accidents in India being the highest in the world in spite of decreasing trend, the Minister said it is unacceptable. He said the Government will play its primary role in creating safe road traffic conditions through safe infrastructure, legislation, enforcement, education and prompt post crash response and care. In India, Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), 1988 is the national law to govern movement of motorized transport on our roads and regulating various issues bearing on road safety. However, the laws need to be reviewed and amended from time to time to keep pace with the changing requirements of the time and also to assimilate the good practices that are identified based on sound evidence of effectiveness, he added. Accordingly, the Government initiated the process of amendment of the MV Act and the  present amendment to the MVA is a step towards mitigating the hardship of the most vulnerable road users by improving the comprehensiveness of laws relating to specific risk factors: over-speeding, drunken driving, overloading, use of mobile phones, not using helmets and seat belts.
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