Justice KS Radhakrishnan panel on road safety submitted its report to the Supreme Court
Pointing out deficiencies in enforcement of the motor vehicles by the state governments, the panel directed the states to strengthen enforcement of law against drunken driving, over speeding and other offences.
Supreme Court (SC) appointed panel on road safety headed by Justice (retd) KS Radhakrishnan submitted its report before the apex court in the third week of February 2015.
In its report, the panel has recommended for ban on sale of alcohol on highways, both National and State highways, to curb the menace of road accident.
Main Recommendations of the Panel
- Pointing out deficiencies in enforcement of the motor vehicles by the state governments, the panel directed the states to strengthen enforcement of law against drunken driving, over speeding and other offences.
- The panel said that except Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Nagaland none of other states have framed a road safety policy so far.
- It suggested for audit of road safety to be conducted by states to ensure that safety standards are incorporated in the design, construction and maintenance of roads.
- It directed state governments to implement laws on helmet strictly as failure to implement the helmet laws strictly has resulted in high fatality of two-wheeler and pillion riders.
- It raised concern about lax procedure for issuing driving licenses.
- It recommended that state governments must take steps to remove hoardings and objects that obstruct driving or distract drivers.
- Highlighting lack of awareness among people on road safety rules, the panel recommended that state governments must frame a permanent and scientific policy on educating people in this regard.
- The panel also noted that the states do not have adequate number of trauma centres and the ambulances do not have required medical facilities.
Acting on the panel’s report, the SC bench comprising of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit directed the states to implement the recommendations. It, however, raised concern about the financial implication of banning the sale of alcohol in the states.
Supreme Court had set up the three-member KS Radhakrishnan panel on road safety in April 2014 to scrutinize and monitor enforcement of statutory provisions including the Motor Vehicles Act for making road safer.
SC had set up the panel in light of increasing road accidents which required immediate attention and remedial action.
Road accidents are giant killers and every year 1.5 lakh people in the country die due to road accidents.
India has the distinction of having highest number of road accident related deaths in the whole world as every 4 minutes one person die in road accident in India.