Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said Road safety is a very serious issue and there should be zero tolerance for road accidents. Speaking at a Press conference on Automobile Safety Ecosystem in India he said all efforts should be made to reduce road accidents by 50% by the year 2025. Shri Gadkari emphasized on requirement of 4 additional airbags and 3-point seat belt for improving safety provisions.
The Minister said a system is being proposed for star rating of the vehicle based on the standards and protocol, to improve upon the safety of the vehicle. He said this will enable the purchaser of the vehicle to take informed decisions.
Elaborating on other safety systems under implementation Shri Gadkari spoke about Electronic Stability Control, Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS), Transport of dangerous goods , ease of mobility for Divyangjan, Driver Drowsiness Attention Warning System (DDAW), Blind Spot Information System, Advanced Driver Assisting system and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). The Minister emphasized on importance of reducing sound pollution and use of Electric vehicles.
Shri Gadkari said the need of the hour is to create mass awareness for road safety measures by information dissemination through media and peoples participation.