Our Story

The Beginning

After his cousin died in a road crash, in 2008 Piyush Tewari founded SLF with the aim of improving road safety emergency care across India. Piyush, who was then the Managing Director of Calibrated Group’s (a US-based private equity firm) India operations, started studying the space of emergency care and discovered that 50% of all road crash deaths in India can be prevented if the victims received timely care. He then invited his friend and mentor Krishen Mehta to join him in setting up the organization with a mission to enable Bystander Care — the immediate care that the police and public can provide emergency victims, especially those of road crashes, to enhance their chances of survival.

SLF started with training police personnel — the first responders at most accident spots — in basic trauma and life support skills. Over the past 8 years, SLF has expanded its operations to include advocacy for stronger road safety and emergency care laws and an accident prevention training program for high-risk commercial drivers. Based out of New Delhi, today SLF has operations in over 10 states and union territories across the country and has impacted policy to bring permanent change in road safety and emergency care in India.

Organization Overview

SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) is an independent, non-profit non-governmental organization committed to improving road safety and emergency medical care across India. We combine innovative on-ground interventions with advocacy for stronger national level policies to create a sustainable impact on the ground.

To achieve its objectives, SLF operates in two areas:

Crash Prevention

Post-Crash Response

In both the areas, our model includes national policymaking support, as well as grassroots interventions. In the recent past, we have also used strategic legal interventions to ensure safer roads for all.

Awards & Recognition

Featured by Time Magazine, 2015

Featured at the Giving Pledge, a collective of global philanthropists, 2015

Conferred with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, 2014

Conferred with the NGO of the Year award by Rockefeller Foundation, 2014

Awarded membership of Clinton Global Initiative, 2014

Featured on Satyamev Jayate, a TV show hosted by actor Aamir Khan, 2014

Appointed full-voting member of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, 2013

Awarded the Ashoka Fellowship, 2013

Awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship, 2012

Winner of the Rolex Award for Enterprise, 2010

Our Journey

March 2016

India has a Good Samaritan Law! The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has made the implementation of Good Samaritan guidelines and SOPs binding on all States and Union Territories of India.

February 2016

Launch of the Zero Fatality Corridor initiative on the Mumbai Pune Expressway which attempts to reduce road crash fatalities on the expressway from an annual average of 140 to 0, within the next 4 years.

January 2016

The Government of India releases detailed Standard Operating Procedures for police and trial courts to follow while dealing with Good Samaritans.

May 2015

The Government of India drafts and issues detailed guidelines for protection of Good Samaritans from legal and procedural hassles.

December 2014

Private Members Bill titled 'Good Samaritan (Protection from Civil and Criminal Liabilities) and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill', 2014 is introduced by Member of Parliament Smt. Kirron Kher.

March 2014

Based on SLF's PIL, the Government of India issues a notification striking down the proviso in Rule 93(8) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.


Writ Petition 427 – SaveLIFE Foundation & Anr. versus Union of India & Anr prays for striking down Rule 93(8) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules which allows for protruding rods, mandating that they be carried only in covered trailers and fixing criminal liability on violators once the rule is struck down. It also looks at ensuring uniform regulations, particularly in respect of stationary or stalled vehicles on highways and expressways.

May 2012

SaveLIFE Foundation files a Writ Petition in the Supreme Court of India, to safeguard Good Samaritans from ensuing legal and procedural hassles.