Punjab Cabinet has taken a decision to set up a road safety fund of Rs. 100 cr to cut down the distressing number of road accidents. The proposed fund will be on the pattern of a similar fund created by Kerala in 2007.
This is in accordance with the Supreme Court guidelines of 2016 to enhance public safety on roads and to minimise road fatalities.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?
The fund will be set up by diverting 50% of the compounding fee collected by road enforcement agencies, including police and transport departments.
♦ The operators will also have to ensure that CCTV cameras are installed inside the buses plying in the state and entering the state.
♦ Spreading road safety awareness
♦ Enable automatic detection of over-speeding and overloading of vehicles.
♦ Installation of GPS system for monitoring of passenger and goods public carriers
♦ Installing automatic vehicles fitness certification machines.
♦ Equipping the police force to ensure road safety by providing them equipments like body cameras, speed radars and breath analyzers.
Source: Times of India