Violence and Injury Prevention

High-level meeting on road safety hosted in India

On 14 December the Ministry of Transport of India, the World Bank and WHO organized a High-level Meeting on Road Safety in New Delhi, India. The purpose was to support discussion on and encourage adoption of the road safety bill pending in Parliament as well as support the idea of creation of a road safety board and road safety unit within the Ministry of Transport.

The Global status report on road safety 2013 estimates that more than 230 000 people died on India's roads in 2010, and the numbers are rising. Nevertheless political attention and action on this issue are limited. Adoption of the pending bill and creation of a lead agency for road safety in the country would be important steps forward.

A number of speakers from the organizing agencies spoke including the Minister of Transport, representatives of the World Bank and WHO, and a high court judge. The Minister of Transport committed to discuss with opposition leaders the need to accelerate adoption of the pending bill and committed to the creation of road safety targets for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 (50% reduction in mortality).

About 100 people were in attendance representing mainly state governments, NGOs and the media.