Govt notifies constitution of National Road Safety Board (NRSB)

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Recently, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a notification for the formation of the National Road Safety Board (NRSB).

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act (MVA), 2019, made a provision for the establishment of the NRSB.

Functions to be done by National Road Safety Board (NRSB):

  • To monitor the issues related to road safety. Also, formulate an effective strategy for the implementation of the Road Safety Policy, 2010 (based on the report of the Sundar Committee).
  • According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, in the year 2020, 12 lakh cases of negligence deaths due to road accidents were registered in India.
  • Developing specific standards for road safety, traffic management and road construction for hilly areas. Promotion of good samaritans, innovative vehicle technologies etc.
  • To prepare guidelines for capacity building and skill development for traffic police, hospital and highway authorities etc.
  • To conduct research to improve the accident investigation process.

Composition: The Board shall consist of a Chairman and a minimum of three and a maximum of seven members. They will be appointed by the central government.

Initiatives taken to promote road safety in India:

  • The MVA has been enacted for better vehicle safety standards, and the penalties for violations have been increased.
  • India has signed the Brasilia Declaration, and has also pledged to reduce the number of deaths in road accidents.
  • The ‘4E strategy’ has been initiated by MoRTH, namely Education, Engineering (Roads/Vehicles), Enforcement and Emergency care.
  • Recently, a scheme has been launched to give rewards to the Good Samaritans who help the victims of serious accidents.

Source – PIB

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