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RECOMMENDATIONS One-Day Symposium Road Safety: Mission towards Safe Roads 30th January 2016

The One-day Symposium was held at CETAA Hall, College of Engineering Trivandrum on 30th January 2016. The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. B. G. Sridevi, Director, NATPAC and the key-note was presented by Prof. P. K. Sikdar, President ICT.

Following the inauguration and key-note address, special presentations were made in the forenoon technical sessions by Mr. Jim Jarvis, Team Leader Vic Roads KSTP-II, Mr. P.M. Shaji, Assistant Transport Commissioner, MVD, Kerala, and Mr. Tony Mathew, Vice-President, ICT, on various aspects of the theme ‘Road Safety Management & Engineering. In the post-lunch technical session on the topic ‘Enforcement, Education & Campaign’, Dr. Mohammed Najeeb, Sr. Deputy General Manager, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. and Mr. B. Subin, Scientist, NATPAC made presentations on the topics ‘enforcement of traffic regulations’ and ‘road safety education’ respectively.

About 50-60 participants from all stakeholder agencies participated in the Symposium. All M.Tech. (Traffic and Transportation Engineering) students and Research Scholars of the division also participated. During the various presentations and subsequent deliberations, it was clearly brought out that road safety is an alarming issue and is fast becoming a major public health problem. The ‘business as usual’ approach will put the wellness of the current and future generations in Kerala at great risk. The symposium recognised that significant, immediate and sustained interventions are required from all the stakeholders, for the State to reduce the road accidents. The stakeholders identified, who are directly concerned with road safety management in the State, are as follows:

 

  • KRSA;

  • Police;

  • Transport Department (MVD);

  • Public Works Department

  • KSTP

  • Municipal Corporations/Urban Local Bodies

  • Other Road Agencies

  • Health Department/ Hospitals

    Education Department /Schools /Colleges/Universities
  • Academic Institutions (NATPAC, CET (TRC), NIT Calicut), etc

  • NGOs

After the day-long technical presentations, a panel discussion was held for drawing up the recommendations from the various discussions held during the day’s deliberations. These are compiled here for consideration of the authorities and the Government for alleviation of road safety in Kerala in a time bound manner.

 

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Recommendations (Specific)

Responsible Action Institution(s)

1.

Set a target for accident reduction at the highest levels of the government and publicize it widely through media; For example, 50% reduction in accidents and fatalities by 2020.

Highest Levels of Government

2.

Set annual and quarterly targets for engineering improvements, enforcement, and road safety campaign

KRSA in association with Police, Motor Vehicle Department, PWD, KSTP, Urban Local Bodies

3.

Every PWD division/ district council should aim to identify and improve at least 10 blackspots/ hazardous road sections in a year for improved road safety, keeping the safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) in mind.

KRSA in association with PWD/ KSTP, District Road Safety Councils and other Urban Local Bodies. Research input from TRC to be made available.

4.

Initiate programme to provide footpaths on all urban roads; and make a 10 year target; For example, provide 200 km of road with footpaths per year (in entire State) up to 2025 or until all urban roads are covered, whichever comes earlier

Note: Footpaths shall be at least 1.8m wide; the maximum width depending upon the density of pedestrians along the roadway; NATPAC and TRC to provide guidelines to the Government

KRSA in association with PWD/ KSTP, Urban Local Bodies, NATPAC and TRC

5.

Initiate programme to provide cycle lanes on all urban roads and on those sections of the NHs, SHs and District Roads, where significant cyclists are observed; and make a 10-year target; For example, provide 200 km cycle tracks per year (in entire State) up to 2026 or until all urban roads/ required road sections are covered, whichever comes earlier.

Note: Cycle lanes along the road shall be 1.0 to 1.5m wide; the maximum width depending upon the density of cyclists along the roadway; NATPAC and TRC to provide guidelines to the Government

KRSA in association with PWD/ KSTP, Urban Local Bodies, NATPAC and TRC

6.

Initiate programme to provide bus bays and bus stops on all State Highways, Urban Roads and District Roads; and make a 10 year target; The choice between bus bays and bus stops shall depend upon the volume of traffic;

Note: NATPAC and TRC to provide guidelines for bus bays and bus stops

KRSA in association with PWD/ KSTP, Urban Local Bodies, NATPAC and TRC

7.

Design and implement on-street parking on urban roads from 2017 onwards in a phased manner; On street parking shall be charged on all urban roads; Parking fee shall be determined through an appropriate study.

Note: NATPAC and TRC to provide study result for parking charges

KRSA in association with PWD/ KSTP, Urban Bodies, NATPAC and TRC. Cooperation from Traffic Police to be sought.

8.

Develop guidelines for on-street parking spaces for cars, motor cyclists and cyclists, designated parking spaces for Auto Rickshaws and Taxis, cycle lanes and cycle tracks, bus bays and bus stops, footpaths and footways; Off street parking lots including multistoreyed car parking areas to be identified and guidelines for its layout and design to be formed.

KRSA in association with NATPAC, TRC and other academic institutions

9.

All required road markings and traffic signs should be provided invariably, with the entire road network prioritized in the following manner – Junctions, State Highways and District Roads; (Reference to the guideline IRC:67 & IRC 35)

KRSA in association with PWD and KSTP

10.

Provide road markings and traffic signs on the entire road network in a phased manner – Urban Roads, SHs, District Roads

Refer to the guidelines IRC 35: 2015 and IRC 67: 2012 for consistent applications of traffic signs and road markings on the entire road network owned and managed by different road agencies;

KRSA, PWD, Urban Local Bodies and all road agencies

11.

Consider road markings under routine maintenance, i.e., do road marking every year on the entire network irrespective of the condition

PWD/ KSTP and other road agencies

12.

Through an executive order, ban all the advertisements provided by motor vehicle manufacturers in visual media, which provoke and encourage unsafe behavior.

Note: Such advertisements are not allowed in developed countries

At the highest levels of Government

13.

Implement speed limits on all the roads in the network of the State; KRSA and District Road Safety Councils to decide in consultation with the Police the speed limit on all the roads; Display the speed limits clearly through traffic signs;

KRSA with Road Safety Cell PWD, District Road Safety Councils and Police

14.

Initiate measures to remove hoardings from the road sides and implement necessary steps to make road sides free of hoardings except at designated locations, not obstructing the vision of the drivers and also not distracting the attention of the drivers

KRSA in association/ consultation with Urban Local Bodies and road agencies

15.

Ensure that all engineers, who are involved in road works and is working with PWD/ KSTP, ULBs and other road agencies should be trained in traffic engineering on a continuous basis;

PWD/ KSTP and other road agencies

16

Develop and establish a robust crash database system using modern technology with participation of all stakeholders and sharing the database uniformly to all

KRSA to lead and all other stakeholders to participate and share in development

17

Existing cooperation of all stakeholders of road safety to be made more effective and functional for the targeted activities

KRSA to lead and all other stakeholders make definite contributions

Sl. No.

Recommendations (General)

Targeted Action Institution(s)

1.

Review the minimum driving age; For example, raise the minimum driving age to 21?

Transport Department & highest level of Government

2.

Intensify road safety campaigns for children, adolescents and adults in Schools, Colleges and Universities for developing culture of road safety in road users

KRSA with MVD, NGOs and Educational Institutions

3.

Adopt and implement policy for urban road network to be retro-fitted with all necessary features to reduce congestion and improve safety of all road users; On the urban road network, priority shall be given to public transport, pedestrians and cyclists; Initiate schemes to retrofit urban roads with on-street parking spaces (for cars, motor bikes and cycles), designated designed parking spaces for Auto Rickshaws and Taxis, bus bays, bus stops, cycle lanes and footpaths (min. 1.8m wide).

At the highest levels of Government, KRSA, PWD, ULBs and other road agencies

4.

New roads and upgradation of road networks must be subjected to preventive road safety audits at all stages of development, and to be correcting them using the recommendations of RSA.

 

KRSA/ PWD/ KSTP and other road agencies

5.

Behavioural change will only happen, if there is a system in place of perceived complete detection and punishment for traffic violations within a short time period

Implement planned and targeted enforcement (continuously for 24x7) using modern technology for most common traffic rule violations;

KRSA with Police and Motor Vehicle Department

6.

The driver licensing practice of checking the ability to take an ‘H’ will not result in a safe driver or safe driving skills; Overall driver licensing procedures to ensure that the test determines the real life driving skills; Safe driving skills should be the main determinant factor in issuing driving licenses

KRSA with Motor Vehicle Department

7.

Impart sustained road safety education to target road user groups (motorcyclists, bus and truck drivers), by involving NGOs, educational institutions, etc.

 

KRSA in association with Motor Vehicle Department

8.

Improve awareness of future transportation challenges among policy makers and political parties through frequent seminars and workshops involving national and international sector experts.

TRC in association with KRSA and other leading academic institutions like NIT Calicut.

 

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