Govt agencies must install road signs to avoid harassment to motorists: Experts

Govt agencies must install road signs to avoid harassment to motorists: Experts
Before amended Motor Vehicles Act coming into force, the government agencies must ready with proper road signs to avoid unwanted harassment to motorists by law enforcement agencies, said traffic engineering experts here on Wednesday.

The proposed law, which imposes a hefty penalty against traffic rules violators, was passed in Lok Sabha and expected to come up in Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session starting July 17.

The government agencies must ready with installing proper traffic control devices like road signs, traffic signals and road marking, Rohit Baluja, President Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) said.

As per the latest survey about the traffic signs in Delhi conducted by IRTE along with the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi found that 70 percent traffic control devices including road signs, traffic signals and road marking, were not up to the standard or violating prescribed standards.

"If that is the case in the national capital, the situation in many states and union territories would be worse. To make the new legislation successfully implement, the government agencies must set right the deficiencies in traffic control devices”, he said.

"Simple road engineering measures like provision of appropriate road markings and traffic signs,  minor layout changes in the road junctions will help to reduce road accidents,” said K K Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation, a global body working for better and safer roads.

The study highlights that hapless road users will be liable to be prosecuted with high penalties such as imprisonment up to 1 year and fine up to Rs 5000/- due to faulty road signs and signals, Sewa Ram, School of Planning and Architecture,  said.

Since India is a signatory to Brasilia Declaration, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari vowed to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities by 50 percent by 2020 from the current over 5 lakh accidents and 1.46 lakh deaths in a year. Through new legislation, the government hopes to achieve its target in reducing road mishaps.  

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