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Old 23rd April 2014, 07:22   #1
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The Supreme Court gets into the act:

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Indian roads have proved to be giant killers demanding immediate remedial action, the Supreme court said.

The apex court appointed a three-member committee, headed by its judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan, to monitor steps taken by the Centre and state governments to ensure road safety and to curb growing number of accidents.

It directed all government departments which are looking after multi-dimensional issues pertaining to road safety to submit their first report to the Committee within three months on implementation and enforcement of laws pertaining to licensing, certification of fitness of vehicles and use of road safety devices and other related issues.
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http://www.business-standard.com/art...2201269_1.html

If this committee accepts submissions from the general public, it might be worthwhile for all BHPians to submit a collective wishlist.

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The Supreme Court gets into the act:

http://www.business-standard.com/art...2201269_1.html

If this committee accepts submissions from the general public, it might be worthwhile for all BHPians to submit a collective wishlist.
Just like we have RTE, is there anything like RIGHT TO SAFETY. May be under this we all BHPians can submit a collective wishlist as you told along with suitable countermeasures/proposals.
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Just like we have RTE, is there anything like RIGHT TO SAFETY.
Right to Safety (on the roads and elsewhere) is derived from article 21 of the constitution. This is the reason if in an accident someone dies or is maimed, all vehicles involved are required to pay up compensation irrespective of culpability.
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Commendable move by the SC. However I sincerely hope this doesn't mean "zero tolerance" implementation of unreasonable laws like the complete ban on sunfilm. I can imagine the cops would now go haywire enforcing silly speed limits (such as 30 kmph on the Mum-Pune expressway at some points).

Still, there are a lot of areas of improvement and hopefully the additional focus by the highest court in the land makes everybody aware of their duty to abide by the laws of the land!
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They can start by ensuring compliance to usage of high beams, as well as not having stationary trucks on highways with non working lights. But then, IF the authorities were serious about safety, they didnt need a rap on their head to do their job.

What will eventually happen is that cops will find issues of low significance to fine motorists, which brings in the numbers to show on reports submitted. The actual causes of accidents will remain hidden or unattended and you'd find the battered lorry with no working lights continue to claim lives unabated.
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I hope for the following to be implemented in letter and spirit:
1. Proper infrastructure ie. roads and parking facilities(at reasonable costs)
2. Enforcing Strict lane discipline
3. Adherence to stop lines
4. define and enforce sufficient distance between vehicles
5. Right and responsibilities for road users (for all class of vehicles and pedestrians)
6. Validating and resetting the speedlimits depending on the zone and road
7. No Fancy Horns
8. Banning High beam in well lit areas, and code to be followed on the highways
9. Absolute zero tolerance on drunken driving
10. Ensuring the vehicles carry only the correct number of riders/occupants (today saw a family of 5 ie.mom, dad and 3 kids with 2 kids on petrol tank and 1 between mom and dad)
11. Control corruption(be it money or political or muscle), and encourage honest officers
12. Provide proper enforcement machinery to the Police
13. Revisit the sunfilm policy and ensure adherence of the earlier policy (which has not helped anything for which it was enforced ie to reduce crime against women)
14. Define what constitutes as a toll road, and what needs to be guaranteed on toll roads which should be in line with international standards like autobahns and M series in UK), and not like OMR or ECR in Chennai
15. Stop political or religious meetings on the roads

Rather than bring in something new which is inconvenient to public at large, and help the corrupt officers to fill their pockets.

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Just curious, on what authority can the SC do this? Is there any specific law being violated? What prevents them from creating a panel and enforcing rules in areas where they see fit? Isn't this the role of the legislature ?
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Just curious, on what authority can the SC do this? .....
Isn't this the role of the legislature ?
The supreme court probably took suo moto action which they have been doing for a lot of issues recently!
Hopefully something good comes out of all this!
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Just curious, on what authority can the SC do this? Is there any specific law being violated? What prevents them from creating a panel and enforcing rules in areas where they see fit? Isn't this the role of the legislature ?
The Supreme Court is the main protector of the constitution of India. It has every right to step in if it feels constitutional rights of the citizens are being violated. It this case, they are protecting our right to life and personal liberty which is a fundamental right (and is being violated in a systematic fashion).

The purpose of the committee setup by the Supreme Court is to monitor the enforcement of all existing laws for ensuring road safety. In that, they (the Judiciary) are just making sure that the Executive is doing its job - as envisaged by the constitution.

I just downloaded the full judgment; I will soon put it up where everyone here can read and comment.
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As promised, here is the judgment by the Supreme Court:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

I have reformatted the original text a bit, put in tables etc. So E&OE, and are all mine - except that the original judgment did indeed have two para 13s.

The plan of the SC is detailed from para 21 onwards. Basically they are making sure that stuff that committees setup by MoRTH itself had suggested in the past, and promptly forgotten, will be implemented going forward. The new committee (which appears to me is a permanent committee) will monitor the implementation of various existing laws - the court seems to have specifically said that it does not propose any new laws. (If you have been in Kerala and following the local news, you would have heard about the Justice Muhammed Committee which was setup similarly).

Respondent 1 (R-1) is MoRTH, Respondent 2 (R-2) seems to me is the Home Ministry.

Open to discussions. :-)
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If this committee accepts submissions from the general public, it might be worthwhile for all BHPians to submit a collective wishlist.
This committee is now inviting suggestions from the general public on improving road safety:

http://morth.nic.in/showfile.asp?lid=1424

I hope the Team-BHP members have some usable suggestions on this matter.
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