Ensuring Road Safety in India
India witnesses 17 deaths and 55 accidents every hour on its roads. In 2016, road traffic crashes killed 150,785 and injured 494,624 in India. Government bus agencies operate as the largest organized mode of public transport in India, moving a significant number of people daily. In the years 2015 and 2016, 47 State Road Transport Undertakings (SRTU's) carried more than 68 million passengers per day. In 2015 alone, there were 3,681 deaths and 14,295 injuries involving government-operated buses.
Recognizing this challenge and opportunity for change, Underwriters Laboratories supported World Resources Institute (WRI) India to strategize and pioneer research on road safety issues, particularly concerning public buses. To date, WRI India has worked with city and state-run bus agencies in four states: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. As a thought leader in the public safety space, Underwriters Laboratories—in partnership with WRI—is in the process of improving methods of crash data collection and analysis, improving driver training practices and enhancing safety of buses through retrofitting safety devices and accessories. Combining Underwriters Laboratories' pioneering and cutting-edge approach with WRI's proven technical expertise and its track record, along with local partnerships, will significantly advance the theme of public safety.
To continue the dialogue on Road Safety with different stakeholders and to create new synergies towards Safety Procedures and Mechanisms in major city bus agencies, WRI, in collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories, is organizing a road safety event titled, "Moving towards zero road fatalities" on March 7, 2018 in New Delhi. The event will convene stakeholders from diverse sectors such as the government, corporate, and non-profits to discuss strategies and approaches for reducing road accident deaths and injuries in India. The key objective of the event is to set a pragmatic roadmap for creating bus safety reforms to help reduce road accidents involving public buses.
The event is expected to set framework and drive conversations around the concepts of road safety and public safety. UL India will continue its work with WRI on the road safety agenda through research and other interventions.