The Indian government has been striving hard to reduce road fatalities caused by accidents. In August Union Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi approved the Motor Vehicle Bill 2016, which proposes to amend 68 sections to Motor Vehicle Act.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari said that government aims to reduce the number of fatal accidents on Indian roads. According to statistics, every year 1.5 lakh lose their lives and 3 lakh people suffer disabilities due to road accidents.
A written message from Nitin Gadkari to International Road Federation (IRF) World Roads Meeting (WRM) on 18th September stated, "The Ministry of Road transport stands committed to achieve 50 per cent reduction of road deaths in the country by 2020 as a signatory to the UN decade of action for road safety."
He added "To achieve this goal, the government is all set to adopt newer smart mobility technologies, whether in the form of traffic and transport efficiency, customized mobility , environment friendly mobility and road safety."
A government official said that, after the new bill comes into effect getting a driving license will be comparatively difficult. And the processing will be digitised. IRF will be organising WRM 2017 in Delhi from November 14 to 17 2017, the theme will be Safe Roads and Smart Mobility.