“Back in 2015, as part of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, we pledged to reduce the number of road deaths by the year 2020. However, all these years we continued to try piecemeal Data from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) 2020 shows that, more than 64 percent of road accidents occur with vulnerable road users (VRU pedestrians + cyclists + 2-wheelers). The same data also shows that the share of VRUs in deaths has been at a steady increase over the past five years. The share of VRUs in road accidents has increased from 47 per cent in 2016, to 49 per cent in 2017, to 55 per cent in 2018 and 57 per cent in 2019 ” KK Kapila, President, Emeritus, International Road Federation (IRF) working for better and safer roads across the world.
“In contrast, there has been a steady decline in car ridership deaths, from 18 percent in 2016 to 13.6 percent in 2020. In fact, in Delhi, India’s high vehicle density capital, VRU has a mortality rate of 89 percent, while The inmate car mortality rate is around 5 percent. In contrast, while cars have been mandated with 10 different safety regulations over the past two years, we hardly have any strong regulatory measures to reduce VRU deaths. focused” he said.