Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM), in collaboration with Transport Department of Government of Tamil Nadu, organised a conference on road safety and future safety & emission regulation for automobiles in Chennai. The conference discussed better practices, required to be adopted by government and private organisations to make roads safer for both motorists and pedestrians. Special emphasis was laid on promoting future emission and safety norms, while adhering to the safety and emission standard.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. N Saravanan, immediate past President, SAFE & Senior, Vice President, Ashok Leyland, said, “Road safety is a shared responsibility. We as manufacturers are committed to initiate steps to equip vehicles with safety technologies and support the practice of developing the culture of safer road. The automotive companies are the integral part of SIAM family and we are confident that with the support of Government and all other stakeholders, our efforts to make roads safer and develop sustainable road transport system are achievable. ”
Speaking at the conference, Vijaya Bhaskaran, Minister for Transport, said, “This initiative by SIAM has brought in the much needed attention towards road safety and vehicle emission regulation. The sole cause to drive this conference is to reduce the road accident fatality rates. I insist automobile manufacturers to improvise on technologies that would reduce the possibilities/occurrences of road activities. Tamil Nadu government has taken numerous steps to reduce road accidents and will take stringent actions to bring down the accidents to half of what it is now in the future.
Amaresh Pujari, IPS, ADGP (State Traffic Planning Cell), Chennai, said “Last to last year 1,77,423 were killed on Indian roads and every day around 190 people lose their lives on roads. For the first time ever in Tamil Nadu, the road fatalities have declined though small yet a significant drift. We follow a multi prong strategy to achieve the mile stone in reducing fatal accidents in TN. We have built and invested in an institutional arrangement with a dedicated database logging every accident in the state. The data is saved on a real time basis, it has good analytics and throws patterns thereby helping us in analysing and addressing the areas of vulnerability. TN was the first state to introduce dedicated high-way patrolling which was followed suit by many other states, we are strengthening this further for the road safety purposes.”
“As per the guidelines of SC, under Section 19 of Motor vehicle act we will strictly monitor and take stringent action on the road rules and regulations offenders. We will not contend with spot fining only we will further proceed with the RTO’s support and suspend the licence of the offender. Further, on repeated offence the license will be cancelled,” Pujari added.
The Conference also held two different technical sessions. The first session highlighted Future Safety & Emission Regulations for Automobiles by industry leaders from Hero MotoCorp, Ford India, Ashok Leyland Ltd and Mahindra & Mahindra and ARAI. The second session discussed the steps taken for Road Safety by Transport Department, Government of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan Speaker panel had industry leaders from Maruti Suzuki India, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Eicher Motors and Hero MotoCorp. The event was concluded by a panel discussion on the steps taken by government and corporate sector in bringing down the road fatalities in Tamil Nadu.