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Air bags may soon become compulsory

Delhi seems to be the hub of much excitement in the motoring world. Soon it will host the Auto Expo 2016 at which several models will be unveiled. But recently, at the Road Safety Week, the government made its contribution, as well.

Home minister Rajnath Singh has been reported to have said airbags will be made compulsory for every car sold in India. He expressed concern about an estimated 500,000 road accidents that occur in India every year, causing injury to about 140,000 people and death to about 100,000 people. He emphasised the need for proper training before a driving licence is issued.

Addressing the Road Safety Forum 2016, the national meet of NGOs on road safety, in New Delhi minister of road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari called on the citizens and NGOs to participate in the national campaign on road safety to create awareness about the subject in India.

He said that the present system of issuing driving licenses would soon be replaced by a transparent and efficient computerised licensing system. He said driving schools were being opened across India to train drivers. The government would address the issue of fitness of drivers.

He said more than 3,000 centres would be set up in rural areas to train drivers and address fitness-related issues. He also said that roadside amenities would be equipped with helipads for quick transfer of accident victims to hospitals and all busy traffic corridors would have trauma centres along the highways.

Gadkari also emphasised that apart from road safety, his ministry was committed to reducing pollution in the road and transport sector. He said the government would implement Euro VI standards for automobiles from April 1, 2020. The use of electric vehicles and of bio-diesel, biogas, and ethanol as fuel was also being promoted, he said.