The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Society for Automotive Fitness and Environment (SAFE)in association with the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and the Delhi Police today organised the ‘Walk for safety’ to improve the safety standards on Indian roads. The march started at the India Gate and concluded at Shastri Bhawan. The theme for the road safety week celebrations 2016 is, “Road Safety – Time for Action.”
Talking about the initiative, Mr Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM said, “SIAM – SAFE are totally committed towards spreading the message of Road Safety in our citizens. SIAM-SAFE with the full support from members will organise programme across 4200 automobile dealers network all across the nation and also will organise various training workshops, competitions, walk for students, drivers and general masses with an objective of reducing fatalities on our roads. We are extremely thankful to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Delhi Police and others who have extended their support to us in making this ‘Walk for Safety’ a success.”
Speaking on the occasion, Honourable Union Minister in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, Shri Nitin Gadkari said“In our country every year 5 lakh accidents take place, nearly 3 lakh people get injured and 1.5 lakh people lose their lives in road accidents. Our responsibility is to save the life of these people. We shall cover all the accidental spots and spend 11,000 crore in the next 5 years to improve the same.”
Honourable Union Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India, Shri Rajnath Singh said“There is a need for an authority or a board which ensures and monitors road safety. Road safety is not just the responsibility of the government even the stakeholders have to fulfil their designated duties, and then only we would be able to ensure the better road safety system.” He further added, “With Mr. Nitin GadkariMinistry they will soon finalise the plan of National Road Safety Authority.”SIAM has also tied up with the TCI foundation to organize health check-up camps and driver training camps for truck drivers across 11 states.
SIAM has also tied up with the TCI foundation to organize health check-up camps and driver training camps for truck drivers across 11 states.