Build safer vehicles to curb accidents: Gadkari to automakers

Build safer vehicles to curb accidents: Gadkari to automakers

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari with Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda and Sr Vice President FICCI Sandip Somany at the inauguration of the workshop on industries issues on road safety, in New Delhi, o

Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday asked automakers to work towards having safer designs and to explore the possibility of use of silicon in tyres as part of efforts to reduce road accidents.

Gadkari also called for concerted efforts to minimise accidents on the pattern of South Korea, which has successfully reduced the number of accidents to 213 from 13,000 (annually) five years back.

“The automakers can also explore the possibility of using silicon, if feasible, in tyres to minimise incidents like tyre bursts on highways like Yamuna Expressway due to increasing temperature,” Gadkari said while addressing Conclave with Corporates on Road Safety.

The event was organised by his ministry in partnership with International Road Federation and other industries bodies.

He urged India Inc to teach their employees and families to imbibe a culture on road safety and use their logistics and carriers to propagate the message of road safety.

He advised the companies to make helmet mandatory for the staff who use two-wheelers. The minister said the corporates can explore giving helmet as Deepavali gift to their employees.

Health Minister J P Nadda said the ministry of health has already trained one lakh people to provide first aid to accident victims and intends to train 10 lakh more in next couple of years. 

K K Kapila, Chairman IRF, was of the view that strict enforcement with appropriate penalties, accompanied by a public awareness of laws will be a critical factor in reducing road traffic injuries and deaths.

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