In a poll jointly commissioned by SaveLIFE Foundation and the Global Road Safety Partnership (a hosted project of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the general public has expressed strong support for the Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014. The report titled, “Road Transport & Safety Bill 2014: Public Satisfaction Survey” was released earlier today by Former Union Home Secretary Mr. G.K. Pillai in the presence of several families affected by road accidents.
The Poll conducted by international research agency Kadence Research covered 12 cities with a total of 38% respondents belonging to rural touch-points. 81 % of all respondents “strongly favor” passing of the proposed road safety Bill and 90 % believe that passing the Bill will be an important accomplishment for the Indian Parliament.
In the past decade, more than 12 lakh people have been killed in road crashes in India. This translates to over 380 deaths a day, equivalent to a jumbo jet crash. Survey findings also revealed that 3 out of 5 respondents feel unsafe while traveling on Indian roads as drivers, pedestrians or passengers.
In addition to showing overall support for the Bill, 98% of the respondents also favor several specific provisions in the Bill. These include making it mandatory for all drivers to be trained before getting a license, protection for children during commute, increased electronic enforcement and heavy penalties for not complying with traffic laws, and making it mandatory for all two wheeler riders to wear helmets.