On the occasion of Children’s Day, social organisation, Citizens Awareness Group, has urged the central government to save the precious lives of children on roads by passing the Motors Vehicles Bill 2017, in the upcoming winter session in Parliament. While sharing some of the facts, Chairman of the Citizens Awareness Group, Surinder Verma, said, “In 2016, more than 10,000 Children died in road accidents in India. According to the World Health Organization, more than 12 lakh people die each year, and up to 5 crore are injured, on the world’s roads. Road traffic injuries and deaths have a significant impact on individuals under the age of 18 who account for more than 186,000 road traffic deaths annually. More than 220 children (5-14 years) all over the world meet a deadly end because of road accidents”.
Adding to it he said, “Children are the future of nation and their safety and protection should be the priority. Road crashes are impacting children directly including their ability to attend the school. One reason that children are more severely impacted by road traffic crashes is their limited physical, cognitive and social development which makes them more vulnerable than adults to serious injury or death as a result of road crashes”.
As one of the signatories of the Sustainable Development Goals, India has the responsibility to enact appropriate legislation to achieve this goal, especially when it comes to the safety of India’s children on the roads. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2017 has already been cleared by Lok Sabha in last session and is due for passage by the Rajya Sabha.
“If this bill is further deferred, we will be putting at risk precious lives of citizens before the next session of the Parliament can adopt it. These casualties may include thousands of innocent children and youth into their productive years of life”. The passage of Bill is crucial in the upcoming winter session.” said Name, Designation Organization said Surinder Verma.
Organization has been working on the road safety from long and submitted various representation to Central and State government for bringing strong law on road safety besides organising various educational activities.