Road accident is a major concern in India. It is one of the 12 most common causes of deaths in India, the ninth most common cause of premature deaths, and the 10th most common reason for disability, according to the 2017 WHO Global Health Estimates. The two most frequent causes of road deaths are speeding and drunk driving, followed by a lack of lane discipline (driving on the wrong side), jumping the red light and the use of a mobile phone while driving. Over speeding is the most common cause of deaths on roads in India.
During question hour in Lok Sabha member Mohammad Faizal raised the issue of whether, in view of the increasing road fatalities, the Government is contemplating to review the provisions contained in the Motor Vehicles Act in regard to the punishment prescribed for such offenders/guilty persons? He further added that there is no enforcement agency in Lakshadweep to monitor the traffic which has led to increase in the cases of juvenile driving, road accidents and fatalities.
Replying to that union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari said that Lakshadweep is a union territory so the issue will be conveyed to the home minister. He added that after the enforcement of the new Motor Vehicle Act 15000 lives has been saved. Only in the states of Kerala (4.9%) and Assam (7.2%) the cases of road accidents have increased. He further mentioned that a vision document is signed in Sweden to reduce such cases by 50%. He informed that a notification is released to form a committee headed by the MP to identify the black spots and the engineering colleges, IITs will be given grants to audit the quality of the roads. Replying to the question on the black spots the minister said that 5000 black spots are identified on the national highways. The government to come up with a scheme of worth 14000cr to do away with the black spots in which 7000cr will be funded by the government of India and the financial assistance of 3500cr to be provided by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank each.