With curtains coming down on the National Road Safety Week, the country witnessed several events of varying magnitude on the final day in the different parts of the country. Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Society of Automotive Fitness and Environment (SAFE) along with its members and traffic police of various states conducted several programs to address the masses and raise awareness about road safety.
The National Road Safety week started on the 11th of January in New Delhi with the ‘Walk for Safety' event at the India Gate. The event was kick started by Mr. Vijay Chhibber, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Sanjay Bandopadhyay, Joint Secretary, Road Transport and Mr. K K Gandhi, Executive Director- Technical, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). The event was ably supported by the likes of JK Tyres, Jubilant Group, National Cadet Corps and various schools.
The event was followed by several activities by automobile manufacturers across the country. The events were executed at the dealerships of the companies in association with various stakeholders. Companies like Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd., Hero MotoCorp., Tata Motors Ltd., Bajaj Auto Ltd., Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Ashok Leyland Ltd., Fiat India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd., General Motors India Pvt. Ltd., Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd., TVS Motor Company Ltd., Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Eicher Ltd., VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd., Honda Cars India Ltd., and Volvo Buses took active participation in the events.
Society of Automotive Fitness and Environment (SAFE) in association with IDTR and Hubert Ebner India and Heller Group organized several such events throughout the country.
The various events focused on the road safety measures such as the need for wearing helmets, avoiding drunk driving, use of cell phone while on wheels, wearing of seat belts, use of dazzling headlights, and compliance to road rules. There were several other workshops which were organized for focused groups like the cab drivers and auto rickshaw drivers. Several driver training programs were also carried out during the week.
Talking about the National Road Safety Week, Mr. K K Gandhi, Executive Director- Technical, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said, "The National Road Safety week has been a platform for reinforcing the idea of personal and vehicular safety on the road. This year we have left no stone unturned to reach out to the various stakeholders and educate them about the various aspects of road safety. We sincerely hope that the people would take these initiatives more seriously and take good care of themselves and their vehicles on the roads."