In the wake of United Nations General Assembly's new `Improving Global Road Safety' resolution that calls for urgent global action to improve road safety, Consumer Voice, an NGO, on Tuesday urged Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to make efforts for early passage of the stringent Road Safety legislation in Parliament. In India road mishaps kill more than 1.3 million people every year and road traffic mortality in the country is 16.6 per cent (per 100 000 population) which is amongst the highest in the world. The country loses more than 400 lives in road accidents every day, the consumer organisation said.
As per the latest report released by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in 2016 480,652 road accidents took place in India resulting in the loss of 150,785 human lives and 494,625 people injured. India is losing more than 400 lives on roads every day, it said.
In a letter written to the Minister, the NGO said through the Decade of Action on Road safety and under the Sustainable Development Goals governments have committed to reduce road deaths by 50 percent by 2020 and provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems. International community has recognised road safety as a critical component of the global development agenda through the adoption of a resolution to improve global road safety at the United Nations General Assembly. ``It is time Indian government follows suit.''UNI GP SNU 1458
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