Zero Fatality Corridor

An attempt to reduce the number of road crash

fatalities on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway

About Mumbai-Pune Expressway

The Mumbai–Pune Expressway is a controlled-access highway that connects Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, to the neighbouring city of Pune, an educational and information technology hub. This divided 6-lane roadway is an alternative to the old Mumbai–Pune highway and helps in reducing travel time between the two cities. It has a speed limit of 80 km/h along most parts of the stretch. Officially, two-wheelers and three-wheelers are not permitted to use most parts of the expressway. Common vehicle types plying on the expressway are cars, trucks and buses. The expressway is 94.6 km long and witnesses a large number of traffic crashes, fatalities and serious injuries.

What is the Zero Fatality Corridor?

The Zero Fatality Corridor (ZFC) is a pioneering attempt to build a replicable model for road safety that can be implemented on any road. The aim of the initiative is to reduce the number of road crash fatalities on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway (MPEW) from an annual average of 140 to 0 by the year 2020, which marks the end of the UN Decade Of Action For Road Safety.

The ZFC initiative is executed by implementing a 360 degree road safety solution across the 4 E’s of Road Safety – Engineering, Enforcement, Emergency Care and Education. The initiative is lead by SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) support of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) in partnership with Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) the owners of the Expressway and the Government of Maharashtra.

Together SLF, M&M, MSRDC and the Government of Maharashtra officially launched the initiative on February 22nd, 2016 through signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to the success of the initiative up to 2020.

Features of the Initiative

Make the road infrastructure more forgiving by implementing a Safe System Approach to Road Engineering and Design.

Enhance Enforcement by using technology and proven international best practices

Establish a “Chain of survival” by improving on-ground care, ambulatory care and in-hospital care for injured road crash victims.

Implement Education campaigns to build ownership of the initiative among the users of the MPEW.

Understanding Claims

Understanding claims for accident

After any accident ending in death or injury, you are entitled to file for compensation under different schemes depending on the nature of your accident. Read below to learn more about how to file.

In cases of death or injury

Victims and families involved in accidents resulting in death or injury can file an application to the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal to claim compensation.

What is the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT)?

The purpose of MACT is to settle claims for compensation of victims of motor vehicle accidents. It is Established under the Motor Vehicles Act (MV hereinafter), and is like a Civil Court (with the same powers of a civil court).

The MACT treats such an application by giving the parties an opportunity of being heard and holding an inquiry in to the claim. It makes an award deciding the amount of compensation to be paid to victim/claimant and the amount to be paid by the insurer.

The victim must make an application to the MACT in a particular form and carry the essential documents for proof and verification purposes.


Who all can file a claim for compensation?

This scheme is not applicable for hit and run cases.

Physical Injury/Disablement – A person who has been injured in accidents on the road can themselves file for compensation or file their claims through an advocate as well.

Death – The legal heirs (click here to know who is a legal heir) of people who have died in accidents can file compensation claims directly or through their advocate.

An accident victim below 18 can file for compensation through an advocate only.

Which particular MACT should I file my application in?

The MACT in the jurisdiction where the accident took place (local limits – the defined area within a state);

The MACT within the local limits (of whose jurisdiction) where the claimant resides or carries business; or

The MACT within the local limits (of whose jurisdiction) the accused (defendant) resides.

In cases of hit and run accidents

If your accident involved a hit and run, you are eligible to apply for additional compensation under the Solatium Scheme. Below is the application for compensation which must be made to the Claim Enquiry Officer at the Taluka level in the form.


Who all can file a claim for compensation?

Physical Injury due to hit and run – A person who has been injured in accidents on the road can themselves file for compensation or file their claims through an advocate as well.

Death due to hit and run – The legal heirs (click here to know who is a legal heir) of people who have died in accidents can file compensation claims directly or through their advocate.

An accident victim below 18 can file for compensation through an advocate only.

Where should I file my application?

Here the application for compensation must be made to the Claim Enquiry Officer at the Taluka level.

Documents needed to file a claim application for compensation in all cases

Copy of the FIR registered in connection with the accident.

Copy of Panchnama (which is the list of damages that have been drawn by police in the presence of witnesses).

Copy of the MLC/Post Mortem Report/Death Report as the case may be.

Identification Proof (documents) of the claimant and of the deceased in a death case.

Original Bills of Expenses – Incurred on the treatment, along with the treatment record.

Documents of the Educational Qualifications of the deceased, if any.

Disability Certificate, if already obtained, in cases of physical injury/disablement.

Proof of income of the deceased/injured

Proof of Age (documents) of the victim.

Cover note of the Third Party Insurance Policy, if any.

Affidavit – detailing the relationship of claimant with the deceased.

RTO Certificate (with Name, Address of Owner and Insurance particulars of the vehicles involved in the accident.)

Passport-Size Photograph.

Court-Fee Stamp (Rs. 10 for a claim less than Rs. 5000; 1/4th percent of the claim – if between Rs 5000 – Rs. 50000; 1/2 percent of the claim – if between Rs 50000 – Rs 100000; and 1% of the claim to a maximum of Rs 15000 – if more than Rs. 100000)


Krishen Mehta

Former Partner, PwC and Director, Asia Initiatives

Krishen Mehta is a writer, teacher, and speaker on issues of global tax justice. Prior to making tax justice his main focus, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and served in their New York, London, and Tokyo offices. His responsibilities included PwC’s US Tax practices in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, China, and Indonesia, encompassing over 140 American companies conducting business in Asia. Krishen is a Senior Advisor to Tax Justice Network. He serves on the Advisory Board of Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, and is a member of the Asia Advisory Council of Human Rights Watch. He is also a Trustee of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and of the Institute of Current World Affairs in Washington, DC. He is also an Adjunct Professor at American University, and a frequent guest speaker at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston and at Tokyo University in Japan. He has also conducted Capstone workshops for graduate students at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. From 2010-2012, Krishen was Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of GFI, a research and advocacy group at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, engaged in the area of financial transparency.

G.K. Pillai

Former Union Home Secretary, Government Of India

Mr. G. K. Pillai, an IAS of the batch of 1972, has held a number of prestigious positions in the government. He took over as Union Home Secretary in 2009 while he concurrently held the position of Secretary of the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice. In the past he has also held the position of Commerce Secretary and was the principal secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala from 2001-04. He belongs to the Kerala cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (1972 batch) and is a graduate from I.I.T. Madras. He retired as the Union Home Secretary of India in 2011.

Mr. Ajai Chowdhry

Founder, HCL And Padma Bhushan Awardee

Mr. Chowdhry is one of the six founding members of HCL. A highly well-known industrialist, Mr. Chowdhry was conferred with the prestigious Padma Bhushan, the highest civilian honour for his consistent contribution in the field of Information Technologies in 2011. He was also conferred with the Honoris Causa Doctorate of Science by IIT Roorkee and has been appointed as the Chairman of IIT-Patna by the Hon’ble President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.

Ms. Indu Malhotra

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court Of India

Ms. Indu Malhotra is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. She is the second lady ever to be designated ‘Senior Advocate’ by the Supreme Court. Ms. Malhotra holds an M.A. in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University and L.L.B. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

Dr. Mahesh Joshi

CEO, Apollo HomeCare

Dr. Mahesh Joshi holds a MBBS degree from Dr PDM Medical College, Amravati, Maharashtra and a fellowship in Emergency Medicine from Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad. He is currently CEO of Apollo HomeCare and is also a member of the Corporate Task Force of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Mr. Parul Soni

Global Managing Partner, Thinkthrough Consulting

A graduate from St. Stephen’s college, Mr. Soni has been associated with a number of well known organizations during the course of his career. During the early phases of his career, he worked with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and was the country representative for India and Nepal for Save the children campaign. He was working as an Executive Director and Practice leader at Ernst and Young and is currently the Global Managing Partner at Thinkthrough Consulting.

Piyush Tewari

Founder and CEO, SaveLIFE Foundation, and Ashoka Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Rolex Laureate and Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard University

Piyush Tewari is the Founder & CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to improving road safety and emergency medical care across India. Under his leadership, SLF has been instrumental in securing nationwide protection, from legal hassles, for Good Samaritans who assist the injured, convincing the Government of India to draft a strong road safety law, building a unique model of emergency medical response involving Police personnel and citizen volunteers, training thousands of high-risk truck drivers, and bringing multiple stakeholders together to adopt one of India’s most dangerous highways to create a “zero-fatality” corridor. In 2014, SLF was adjudged the best NGO in India by Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to founding SaveLIFE Foundation, Piyush was a Partner and Managing Director at the Calibrated Group, a US-based private equity fund. Piyush holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, and is an Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Road Safety Crisis

“India is no. 1 in road crash deaths and injuries in the world.”

Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2015

World Health Organization

What is the road safety crisis?


Key factors responsible for road crrashes

Road safety requires a multi-pronged approach.

Our strategies are focused on addressing four key challenges.

Bad road-user behavior

Fractured licensing system

Driver training not mandatory

Negligible management of fatigue

Flawed road design and engineering

Road user conflict

Poor road design with disregard to Safe System Approach

Poor road engineering and maintenance

No safety standards for vehicles

Weak enforcement of traffic law

Weak Penalty system

Human dependent enforcement ; Minimal use of technology

Limited risk factors addressed in law

Lack of rapid trauma care

Lack of Bystander care

No standard protocols for care

No universal access number

National ambulance code yet to be issued

Road traffic in India currently operates within the legal framework established in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. While the Act was enacted at a time when the growth in India’s road transport sector could not have been envisaged, it has only been moderately amended in the last 28 years with complete disregard to road safety and rationalisation of penalties. A number of key contributing factors to road crashes have not been addressed as the purview of the act is limited to “motor vehicles” instead of road users in general. Over 50 percent of road users, including vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, are not protected under the ambit of the Act. This has led to a negligible framework for road safety in India with powers divided between States and the Centre.

How are we solving it?


We focus on compiling and generating authentic, verifiable data and information on Road Safety and Emergency Care in India and across the world. Based on original, expert reviewed research and data, we propose policy changes in two broad areas: Crash Prevention and Post-Crash Response.


We have identified certain gaps in the existing legal framework around Road Safety and Emergency Care in India. Based on detailed study of these gaps and after gathering authentic, original, verifiable data, we seek judicial intervention in order to provide interim relief until such time that the lacunae are addressed legislatively.


We provide model on-ground training programs and pilot projects across different parts of the country to be replicated by government organizations.


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Safety in Mobility

A CSR project to address distracted driving in India

The World Health Organisation has identified Distracted Driving as an important risk factor in road traffic injuries. Mobile phone usage is a primary source of driver distraction, as it takes drivers’ attention off the road, making vehicle occupants more vulnerable to road crashes. Even though it is such a significant road safety risk factor, we have very little knowledge about the extent and nature of the distracted driving in India.

The Program

SaveLIFE Foundation partnered with Vodafone India Limited, one of India’s largest telecom companies, to address the issue of distracted driving caused by mobile phones. The partnership has three elements:


A National study on mobile phone usage, patterns, and behaviour while on the road


A short public service film to discourage use of mobile phones while driving


A mobile application to eliminate distractions caused by mobile phones while driving

Objectives of National Study

To determine the extent, pattern and reasons for use of mobile phones while driving

To understand the impact of use of mobile phones on driving performance

To understand the perception of road users on use of mobile phones and its perils

To determine if respondents have been involved in accidents caused by use of mobile phones while on the road

Key Findings of the National Study

*These figures are based off a sample of 1,749 individuals across 8 Indian cities.




By SaveLIFE Foundation and Vodafone India Ltd

We ignore our mobile phone when we are in a movie theater, in a meeting with the boss, or hanging out with friends, but we do not ignore it when we are driving. Ignore your phone where it really matters.

Vodafone-SaveLIFE Road Safe Mobile App

The goal of the Vodafone-SaveLIFE Road Safe mobile app is to provide members of the public a tool to eliminate distractions originating from mobile phones while driving.

Key Features of the App



Road Safety Law

India has just 1% of the world’s vehicles but accounts for 10% of all road crash deaths.

These staggering figures compelled the Supreme Court of India in August 2013 to call the problem of road crashes in India a National Emergency. The existing Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, an imperial legislation, has proved to be inadequate in addressing the systemic challenges plaguing the road transport sector and has failed to ensure road safety for the people of India.

Road traffic in India currently operates within the legal framework established in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. While the Act was enacted at a time when the growth in India’s road transport sector could not have been envisaged, it has only been moderately amended in the last 28 years with complete disregard to safety and rationalisation of penalties. The Act, has proved to be inadequate in addressing the systemic challenges plaguing the road transport sector and has failed to ensure road safety for the people of India.

The sudden demise of Mr. Gopinath Munde, Union Minister for Rural Development, in a road crash in New Delhi on June 3, 2014 prompted the then newly elected government into promising new legislation with strong provisions for road safety, which would repeal the inadequate law currently in existence.

A comprehensive bill was indeed drafted but was not introduced in the Parliament due to the stiff opposition it received from some States and other stakeholders with regard to provisions on taxation, public transport and the setting up of lead authorities. This prompted the Government to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to give recommendations on road safety. Following a major campaign led by SaveLIFE Foundation including written appeals from Members of Parliament to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Government of India introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Parliament on August 9, 2016, to address the issue of road safety in India.

10-point Policy Solution

The vision of SLF’s 10 point policy solution is to provide a framework for a road safety law in India that protects all classes of road users including children, the elderly, pedestrians and non-motorised road users.

Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) and Non-motorised Transport (NMT)

Protection of children during commute

Robust and scientific Accident Investigation and Data Management

Stringent punishment for faulty road design and engineering

Transparent, centralised and efficient driver licensing system

Mandatory driver training

Strict regulation of Heavy Motor Vehicles

Stringent punishment for drunk-driving and overspeeding

Stringent punishment for violation of helmet and seat-belt laws

National Lead Agency



The COLORS Alliance

COLORS (Coalition for Road Safety) is a collective of Indian NGOs and spirited members of the community working cohesively towards bringing significant changes around Road Safety in India. An initiative by SaveLIFE Foundation, COLORS presents a unified voice to spread awareness about the epidemic of road crashes in India, which, in the last decade alone, have killed over 13 lakh people and seriously injured or permanently disabled over 50 lakh people across the country. COLORS members may or may not be doing direct work in the area of road safety but they have a strong interest in the issue due to its impact on their stakeholders or in some cases, even on their operations.

Report a Truck

Why Report a Truck?

Every year over 9000 people are killed and over 30,000 people are seriously injured in road crashes involving trucks carrying protruding rods. In 2015, out of all road crash deaths involving trucks over 59% deaths were reported by trucks carrying protruding rods.


vehicles carrying protruding rods have been reported by citizen volunteers since the initiation of the drive.

Action Taken

The violation details along with corresponding pictures have been sent to local Police with copy to State DGPs and Home Secretaries.



SaveLIFE Foundation has taken the initiative to stop trucks carrying protruding rods ply on roads and prevent road crash deaths and injuries in India. In response to a Writ Petition filed by SLF before the honorable Supreme Court of India, on March 5, 2014, the Government struck down the proviso to Rule 93(8) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, which allowed for protrusion of sharp loads for upto one metre beyond the rearmost point of the motor vehicle, effectively banning the practice.


Report Truck

Help us by reporting trucks that you find carrying protruding rods.

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