Driving on Indian roads has been no less than a bumpy ride since the last few decades, owing to a lack of proactive road safety strategy in place. As per a report published in 2019, over 1.35 million people die in road crashes across the globe each year, of which India accounts for more than 11% of those deaths. On the contrary, Indians own barely 2% of the world’s motor vehicles which clearly sheds light on how India is one of the world’s worst-performing countries in terms of road crash deaths.
Syncing with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
- Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2030.
- Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons by 2030.
- Strengthening road safety management capacity at the national and local levels and unlocking sustainable sources of domestic road safety financing in low and middle-income countries by mobilizing global financial and technical resources.
- Supporting road safety programs at the national and local levels across the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety by providing funding support to participating institutions and organizations throughout the investment cycle.
- Coordinating complementary channels of road safety and sustainable transport assistance to countries and cities to harmonize initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the goals.