CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS
Attended LANXESS – Report about Road Safety in India
17 November 2010, New Delhi, India
Attended the press roundtable to talk about a study on road safety conducted by Professor Horst Wildeman of the Technical University of Munich.
Status quo and trend of road safety in India and ways to lower accident rates
- Pre-crash: Crash prevention
- Crash: Injury prevention during the Crash
- Post-crash: Life sustaining
IRAP India Project Launch – World Bank Global Road Safety Facility
15 November 2010, New Delhi, India
Attended the iRAP India Project Launch – World Bank Global Road Safety Facility. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, States of Gujarat, Assam and Karnataka have joined this initiative, which is part of the Road Safety in 10 Countries (RS10) global program supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
In consultation with various Public Works Departments (PWD) of participating states and the Ministry, the upcoming iRAP project will survey 3000 kilometers of strategic state and national highways throughout India.
The objectives of this iRAP project are:
- to inspect the identified network of roads and develop Star Ratings and Safer Roads Investment Plans that identify affordable, high-return safety engineering countermeasures using a globally consistent methodology; and
- to provide training, technology and support that will help build road safety engineering capacity in various PWDs and implement the iRAP findings.
FISITA World Automotive Summit on Traffic Safety
04-05 November 2010, Mainz, Germany
Attending the FISITA World Automotive Summit on Traffic Safety. FISITA, International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies, is the organisation for the national automotive societies in 37 countries around the world with a mission is to help create efficient, affordable, safe and sustainable automotive transportation.
The Summit was a working meeting of the carefully selected world’s top technical executives together with scientists, public policy-makers and influential NGOs to work on an issue of traffic safety, engineering and policy priorities.
The discussions focussed on:
- Improvements in infrastructure and vehicle technology in the developing economies
- Tackling driver distraction
- Behavioural strategies and their potential effectiveness in helping create a culture of Road Traffic Safety.
Expert speakers included:
- Tony Bliss, Road Safety Advisor of the World Bank
- Dr. Margie Peden, world expert in road traffic related injuries of the World Health Organisation
- David L. Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), US Department of Transportation
- Prof. Dinesh Mohan, IIT, New Delhi
- Prof. Shouen Fang, key advisor to the Chinese government on traffic safety and chair of the Advisory Committee for the Chinese National Road Safety Plan.
The results of the summit will lead to a re-evaluation of industry’s priorities in accident prevention and mitigation. Based on this new integrated approach would be formulated in which automotive safety technology measures work in harmony with action on the part of governments and other stakeholders.
UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
22 September 2010, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Invited to attend the event: ‘Safe and Sustainable Roads for the MDGs’ and launch of the official symbol for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety”
The event included:
- The launch of the official symbol for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
- Report launch – ‘The missing link: road traffic injuries and the MDGs’ Dr. Kevin Watkins Oxford University Global Economic Governance Programme
- Film preview, ‘A hidden development crisis’
- High level photo-call with Michelle Yeoh, actor and Make Roads Safe campaign Global Ambassador
The Global Entrepreneurs Event 2010
10th September 2010, Chandigarh India
The event was attended by students of 23 schools and colleges , international AIESEC Interns and around 100 AIESEC members and youth from different organizations were present there.
Global Entrepreneurs Event is an initiative by AIESEC in Chandigarh to provide the youth unique combination of multi-cultural entrepreneurial, social and leadership experience. It aims to build young leaders who can make a positive impact on society. The main aim was to equip the youth with quality such as leadership, entrepreneurship, team work, management, finances, communication skills, event management, client servicing and the most important the vision to make positive impact on society. All in all, a golden opportunity for youth to develop themselves and be one steps ahead of their peers.
At this event Harman Singh Sidhu, President of ArriveSAFE told the students about social entrepreneurship.
CII Road Safety Conclave 2010
11 August 2010, New Delhi
Attended the CII Road Safety Conclave 2010 which was aimed to facilitate an in-depth discussion on various aspects of Road Safety, including Preventive Measures, Training and Skill Development, Post Accidents Data Collection and Analysis, Commercial Risks and Risks Mitigation Measures & Insurance, Road Design and Engineering Aspects, Road Signages, etc
- Draw the attention of all stakeholders to the growing road accidents and socially and economic losses.
- Facilitate share experiences and best practices globally on road safety.
- To draw a comprehensive & integrated approach – the policy and regulatory framework – towards Road Safety in India.
- To discuss the scope and avenues of partnership
Mr. Ratanjit P.N. Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways was the Chief Guest.
Participated in the Planning Workshop of Road Safety Project (RS-10) – GRIPP
5th July 2010, Mohali, India
The states of Punjab and Andhra Pradesh have been selected for the Pilot Project of the Road Safety Project (RS-10). The Planning Meeting – II was held at Mohali. This was in continuation to the GRIPP RS-10 meeting held at New Delhi on 27-28 April, 2010.
TIME FOR ACTION – Growth with Responsibility: Ensuring Safety on Roads
5th May 2010, Chandigarh, India Attended the Society for Automotive Fitness & Environment’s (SAFE) Annual convention on “Growth with Responsibility: Ensuring Safety on Roads”. SAFE (a SIAM initiative) has been promoting an ‘Integrated Approach’ as the most effective and sustainable way to achieve a cleaner environment and for reducing road accidents. Every year the SAFE Annual Convention is organized with the objective of disseminating information about the best practices adopted nationally and internationally for improvement of road safety and cleaner environment. The objective of this convention was to bring together experts, policy makers and all stakeholders to exchange best practices in the areas of enforcement, modern technology, accident analysis for safety on roads, and the proper maintenance of vehicles with the aim of making the roads safer and to reduce the number of fatalities.
Attended Global Road Injury Prevention Project [GRIPP] as Stakeholder
27-28 April, 2010 New Delhi
ArriveSAFE has been selected as a stakeholder for Global Road Traffic Injury Prevention Project (GRIPP) by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi and the Global Consortium of the Project. India is one of the identified countries for implementation of this project. The GRIPP would be implemented in ten countries with an objective to reduce death and disability through road traffic injury prevention projects in these focus countries and to develop model programmes. The consortium partners, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), John Hopkins University (JHU), and Association of Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) will focus on implementing good practices around public health risk factors, while the World Resource Institute of Sustainable Transport (EMBARQ) and the World Bank (WB) will focus on infrastructure and cleaner air. World Health Organization (WHO) would work in close quarters to monitor the Main, Intermediate and Process indicators of the project. WHO’s World report on road traffic injury prevention has increased awareness of road safety and identified several highly cost-effective interventions, which when implemented across the globe would save hundreds of thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars every year. The meeting was held to provide an overview of the project and to discuss a common strategic approach for the project at National level.
Attended “TIME FOR ACTION” First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety at Moscow
Harman Singh Sidhu, President of ArriveSAFE, NGO on Road Safety attended the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held at World Trade Centre, Moscow, Russia on 19th and 20th November.
The mission of the conference was to make combined effort at Global level and mobilize political will for a “Decade of Action for road safety” from 2011 – 2020 with an aim to reduce deaths in Road Crashes by 50% by the end of 2020. As per WHO figures, 1300000 people perish in road accidents each year worldwide. Besides this tens of million are injured or disabled. According to expert’s appraisals the death rate will increase twice by 2020 year.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev addressed the conference calling all participants, among other things, to join in an international effort to address this crisis, as vigorously as during the recent world financial crisis. Together we have the power to resist and fight this problem. Together we are able to overcome the number of deaths on the road calling for a “Decade of Action for Road Safety”. Road safety is a shared challenge for us all and globalization has almost eliminated the borders between countries, people easily travel all around the world so it has become impossible to effectively fight for road safety by means of national programs only.
More than a thousand high-level representatives of governments including Ministers of Health, Transport, Interior, Education, Foreign Affairs and others; representatives of United Nations agencies; leaders from nongovernmental and civil society organizations; representatives from private companies; and many other of the world’s leading road safety experts from nearly 140 countries attended the first-ever governmental-level ministerial meeting on the subject of road safety.
The delegates at the Conference resolved to:
1. Encourage the implementation of the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention.
2. Reinforce governmental leadership and guidance in road safety, including by the designating or strengthening lead agencies and related coordination mechanisms at national or sub-national level.
3. Set ambitious yet feasible national road traffic casualty reduction targets that are clearly linked to planned investments and policy initiatives and mobilize the necessary resources to enable effective and sustainable implementation to achieve targets.
4. Begin to implement safer and more sustainable transportation, including through land-use planning initiatives and by encouraging alternative forms of transport.
besides harmonizing of road safety and vehicle safety regulations and good practices through the implementation of relevant United Nations resolutions. Encourage organizations to contribute actively to improving work-related road safety through the use of best practices in fleet management;
- Encourage collaborative action by fostering cooperation between relevant entities of public administrators, organisations of United Nations system, public and private sectors and with civil society;
- Improve national data collection and comparability at the international level and facilitating international cooperation to develop reliable and harmonized data systems.
- Strengthen the provision of prehospital and hospital trauma care and improvement of access to health care so as to ensure timely and effective delivery.
The progress would be evaluated five years following this First Global Ministerial Conference on Road safety.
During the Ministerial Conference, plenary presentations and panel discussions addressed ideas for actions to be taken during such a Decade.
Attended Launch of Regional Report on Status of Road Safety: the South-East Asia Region
The Regional Report on Status of Road Safety: the South-East Asia Region” has been launched in New Delhi, India on the 13th November 2009 on the eve of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This report is the first broad assessment of road safety at regional level using a standardized survey instrument. A number of road safety experts in the Region, including relevant government authorities, collaborated to develop this state-of-the-art document.
The report reveals that an estimated 288 768 people died on the roads of the 10 Member States of South-East Asia Region in 2007 and almost three quarters of all road traffic deaths in South-East Asia occur among the most vulnerable road users, i.e., motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists. This report also reaffirms our understating of the rapid growth of two- and three-wheelers in the Region, which is a major risk factor for road traffic injuries.
The report clearly shows that road safety is still a neglected public health issue; hence specific actions including policy directions are needed to save us from this dreadful event.
We thank SEARO-WHO for acknowledging our contribution.
International Conference – India Roads 2009
Better Roads Better India- Outlook, Opportunities & Way Ahead India Roads 2009
Financing for the maintenance and reconstruction of roads is growing every year. Roads are the pivotal part of the “Urban Transport Development” in India and therefore should focus on good policies and regulations, decisions, competent operators, use of technologies and best management practices to balance the increasing transport demand and the corresponding impact on the environment so to contribute AM Events, a division of ASAPP Media with the support of Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training is coming up with the International Conference “India Roads 2009” on 25th September 2009 in The Taj Mahal Hotel (Mansingh Road), New Delhi, India.
India Roads 2009: Objectives of the conference
- Outlook Potential & opportunities.
- Government Perspective Policies Restructuring plans: State & Central.
- Project Management.
- Road Network Planning: Road, Highways, Expressways, Flyovers & Bridges, Port Connectivity.
- Road Construction & Maintenance.
- Road Financing & Funding.
- Road Expansion & Widening.
- Latest Road Equipment & Machineries.
- Road Material.
- Tolling Systems Policy & Mechanism.
- Latest Road Technologies & Innovations.
- Latest Project Showcase / Reviewing new model concession agreement / BOT/Annuity Projects, Bidding Process & Model documents.
- Update on NHDP / NHAI / PPPs. • Latest Project Showcase: Golden Quadrilateral & Others • Road Safety & Traffic safety.
- Rural Roads Developments. Better Roads Better India- Outlook, Opportunities & Way Ahead India Roads 2009.
Global Meeting of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety
WHO hosted the first “Global Meeting of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety”. The meeting brought together more than 100 participants from 70 road safety and road victims’ organizations from more than 40 countries.
NGOs advocating for road safety and road victims can play a key role as spokespeople and catalysts for action. In many countries they have successfully drawn attention to the issue and moved the road safety agenda forward. While such NGOs are diverse in some ways, many share the fact that they were created by mothers, fathers, siblings and friends following the death of a loved one in a road traffic crash. Many of the victims and families they represent have been confronted with similar challenges in trying to seek the support of the legal, social welfare and criminal justice sectors following these tragic events.
The aim of the “Global Meeting of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety” was to foster a greater understanding of the expertise and needs of these NGOs and share knowledge, experiences and approaches to advocating for road safety and support for road victims. Participants will also prepare a statement from the NGOs to be presented to the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow in November 2009.
The meeting highlighted examples of national efforts to influence legislation, manage campaigns, develop educational materials and provide services for victims. Among others some of the featured programmes included:
- In Belgium, Ouders van Verongelukte Kinderen / Parents d’Enfants Victimes de la Route’s creation of Rondpunt, a structure specifically devoted to monitoring, coordinating and improving assistance to road victims.
- In Brazil, Vida Urgente’s work with peer to peer education of young people in schools, nightclubs and bars • In Cameroun, Securoute’s contribution to the country’s national road safety strategy.
- In Europe, the European Federation for Road Traffic Victims’ long-standing work to create the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and have it recognized by the international community.
- In India, ArriveSafe’s production of “Your Child’s Road Safety Handbook” and other media materials.
- In South Africa, Drive Alive’s theatre productions for school children in previously disadvantaged areas
- In Tanzania, Uwaba Cyclists’ Group’s call for safe road infrastructure for cyclists
- In the United States, Association for Safe International Road Travel’s creation of the Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety
- In Uruguay, Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation’s “Edu-Car” education programme for school children
- In Viet Nam, Asia Injury Prevention Foundation’s work to promote and provide helmets for motorcyclists and passengers
Nearly 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads every year, and as many as 50 million others are injured. Many of those affected are pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists and users of public transport. Typically, they are from low-income and middle-income countries and often between the ages of 10 and 24 years. The consequences of these crashes go well beyond these statistics; they affect entire families and communities for many years. In many countries, the services to support victims and their relatives need to be further developed. “This need not be so”, states Dr Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability. “There are options for preventing road traffic crashes and for improving services for victims and their families. The road safety and road victim NGOs gathered here today in Brussels can be instrumental in catalyzing the national and international response. They are an inspiration and a reminder that all societies and all of us as individuals need to step up our efforts. So many precious lives are at stake, and inaction is not an option.”
OPRC Consultancy Workshop #1
Participated in Output and Performance based Road Contracts (OPRC) at CII Convention Centre, Sector 31-A Chandigarh on 23 September 2008.
Road Safety in Asian countries: Principles and Approaches
12 – 24 October 2008, Diepenbeek, Belgium
2-week Training Programme “Road Safety in Asian Countries: Principles and Approaches”
The programme of short training courses is built up in different steps which are important for improving road safety.
The first part of the course mainly focuses on the analysis of situations for a better diagnosis of the situation; the second part of the course focuses on measures and strategies to improve road safety:
Finally there will be a (group) assignment: how to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in practice.
During this training programme the participants will get acquainted with ideas, techniques and solutions which will be a surplus value for there career. The participants are taught how to measure and assess road (un)safety and road situations in their own country. Moreover, they will be supplied with possible solutions, specifically adapted to the needs of their country. This group of people will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and competences in their own job straight away.
Getting acquainted with experiences from other Asian countries and good examples from Europe is undoubtedly a benefit of this course. This way, they can determine more efficiently what measures can be effective for their own country.
The course is aimed at participants who prepare, carry out and follow up road safety initiatives in Asia. The decisions they take or the tasks they carry out, have a direct influence on the improvement of road safety.
For example: civil servants of (local) authorities, policy makers, police force, professionals of local and international NGO’s and other international organisations,
In general it would be beneficial for Asian countries if at least 2 people from the same country participate in this course. After the course, the participants could continue to collaborate and support each other in improving road safety in their home country.
For more information, please click on the following link: http://www.imob.uhasselt.be/index.php?page=115
International Course On Transportation Planning and Safety
10-16 December 2007, IIT, New Delhi
The Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme(TRIPP) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research (INRETS) France and St. Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi has organized an ‘International Course on Transportation Planning and Safety’. The course was held in New Delhi, India, from 10-16 December 2007. TRIPP, IIT Delhi will be the host institution.
This seven day Course brought together professionals working in the area of transportation planning and safety promotion, biomechanics of impact and vehicle crashworthiness, trauma and prehospital care, and acquaint them with state-of-the-art information. The course was especially designed for an interdisciplinary audience of traffic and road engineers, behavioural scientists, mechanical and automotive engineers, law enforcers, and police officers. The contents of the course are focused to give a global perspective to the road safety problem. The course had a common component for the first three days, followed by three parallel sessions on Traffic Safety, Biomechanics and Trauma and Prehospital Care in the next three days.
The Course covered:
– the latest findings in methodologies for traffic planning prevention of traffic accident and injuries and current advances in vehicle crashworthiness and restraint systems
– policies and methods which have been shown to be successful or have not worked in the past
– ideas to improve or start their own programmes on traffic planning and road safety.
Main sponsors & organizers
– Volvo Research & Educational Foundations
– NIRETS (French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research)
– Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways
– Tata Motors
– World Health Organisation
3rd Annual Ontario Road Safety Symposium
“Collision reduction through Research, Technology and Innovation”
2 Day Symposium: Wednesday, Sept. 13th and Thursday, Sept. 14th, 2006
The United Nations (UN) has estimated that 1,260,000 people will die this year resulting from injuries received in a car crash. That means, 3,450 will die today and each day of this year. The UN and The World Health Organization (WHO) have instructed all member nations to do everything within their power to bring this astounding carnage to a halt.
Canada has made some great strides in reducing road deaths, but there is so much more that can be done. The key to the continued reduction in the number of road fatalities is through the four “E’s”: Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation. The key to delivering the four “E’s” is through dialogue and communication, which will lead to a transfer of knowledge and understanding, thereby achieving a heightened sense of awareness. People from around the world can learn from the Canadian experience and Canadians can learn from others. It is with this in mind, that the participating members of the third annual “Ontario Road Safety Symposium 2006” announce “Collision Reduction,
Through Research, Technology and Innovation”. This event has received outstanding reviews from the participants over the past two years. This year’s event promises to be even better. “ORSS 2006″ will focus on the four E’s” by dividing the 2-day symposium into four quadrants. After opening remarks, from key municipal, provincial and federal road safety officials who will paint the present Canadian road safety picture, attendees will receive information in the areas of “Road Safety Education Programs for Children and Youth”, “Policing Initiatives”, “Transportation Projects” and “Road Safety Marketing and Messaging”.
Presenters have been selected for their expertise in each quadrant focus and will deliver both Canadian and International perspectives. The goal of the organizing committee is that participants will leave the symposium with a better understanding of what needs to be done in the area of road safety and will share this knowledge with colleagues and the community. Please join us on Wednesday September 13 th and Thursday September 14 th , 2006 at The Old Mill Inn and Spa, Toronto, Ontario and help to improve road safety locally and around the world.
Was invited to the conference but could not attend.
ICMR-WHO Workshop of Development of a Feasibility Module on Road Traffic Injury Surveillance.
Date – 11 & 12 July, 2006
Venue – India International Centre, New Delhi
One of the recommendations of the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention (2004) has been to develop a national system of collecting and analyzing Road Traffic Accident data for making safety policies and promoting more research.
As a major step in this direction, a 2 day workshop had been conducted. The workshop was attended by particpants from different sectors viz. trafic, transport. hospital, emergency, orthopedics etc .
The aim was to provide guidelines doe developing a pilot Hospital Based Road Traffic Injury Surveillance Module.
We presented a paper in the conference.
Shell-GRSP Conference on “Business Initiative for Road Safety Standards”
Date – 17-18 May 2006
Venue – Senior Officers’ Mess, Bangalore
Shell has taken a systematic approach to ensure that their employees are safe and their road transport activities are managed to the highest pracicable level of safety.
Shell and Global Road Safety Partnership have taken an initiative where good business practice in safety is imparted to a wider set of stakeholders, linking the busienss good with the social good. The pilot project was held with 10 Transport Companies where the transporters adopted a Voluntary Safety Standard for truck operations.
The Middle East’s premier event for the Road industry concluded today after a successful run that saw encouraging participation from visitors from municipalities and public works departments at the event.
ROADEX 2006 was organised by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company), Department of Municipalities & Agriculture, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Public Works and was held at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre.
ROADEX 2006 was held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces was inaugurated on 12th March by HH Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Traffic engineering as Scientific Approach towards Safety Traffic Management in Developing countries
Date – 6-7 Jan 2006
Venue – India Habitat Centre
Road Safety in the developing countries is assuming a serious dimension with fatal and serious accidents on the rise. Other areas of concern are the constant rise in number of traffic violations, and unabated congestion resulting in road rage, crime, and pollution.
Developing countries are investing huge amount of resources in increasing their highway capacity without adequate research and investments in the area of traffic management. In parallel to the expansion and building of new roadway network, local automobile industry in joint ventures with global automobile manufacturers is forging ahead with introducing a variety of models in automobile market. In India, for example, the annual growth rate of motor vehicles is as high as 10%.
Role and responsibility of traffic management agencies have not been adequately defined leaving ambiguity in all respective areas of traffic engineering, road safety education, driver training, vehicle regulation, traffic control and enforcement. It may be surprising to note that the subject of Traffic Engineering, which is the fulcrum of traffic management, has been either totally missed out or neglected. Traffic Engineering has not been adopted by the government departments either at the federal, state or local authority levels. Without the application of scientific traffic engineering on a sustained and continuous basis, traffic control and enforcement remain handicapped.
To initiate the process of appreciating the concept and introduction of Traffic Engineering Centres by the city/highways authority in the developing countries, especially India, the IRTE organised a two-day International Workshop. It was supported by Ministry of Shipping Road Transport and Highways.
We presented a paper in the conference
Road Safety Week 2005
Date – 2 January 2005
Venue – Road Safety Cell, Chandigarh
The 1st version of the website and CD was launched on the 16th National Road Safety Week. The site and a CD were released by the Administrator, Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, at the Children Traffic Park.
The site offers information about the traffic police apart from facilities to make the online payment of challans. The CD offers all rules related to the traffic police. The site will also facilitate online driving test.
Introducing the site and the CD, IG Rajesh Kumar said the traffic police was working on a three-pronged strategy — education, enforcement and engineering — to make movement safe.