More than 1.25 million people are killed on roads each year, the majority in developing countries, making traffic fatalities the tenth leading cause of death worldwide. Children, elderly and poor people are particularly vulnerable. Are drivers and pedestrians always to blame?

The Select Committee to examine the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Chairperson: Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe) submitted its report on December 22, 2017. The Bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It was passed by Lok Sabha on April 10, 2017, and referred to the Rajya Sabha Select Committee on August 8, 2017.

An estimated 1.25 million people are killed on the world’s roads every year, and between 20 and 50 million people are seriously injured. Every traffic crash is an individual loss. When death or serious injury results, this loss is compounded by the harm to people, households, and social networks.

Traffic fatalities in Africa remain the highest in the world by far when compared with those of other continents, and amount to some 300,000 lost lives per year, according to data presented at Afri

The State Road Transport Undertakings (SRTUs) provide bus-based public transport to urban and rural population of the country.

The IRTAD (International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group) Road Safety Annual Report 2017 provides an overview of road safety performance for 2015 in 40 countries, with preliminary data for 2016, and detailed reports for each country. It includes tables with cross country comparisons on key safety indicators.

This global report maps 39 dimensions of country risk that are material to the private sector, using globally comparable datasets produced by international institutions.

Road traffic accidents claimed at least 930 human lives between January and July 2017 in Zimbabwe, with the biggest disasters relating to two bus accidents which killed a total of 74 people in Apri

There were 4,80,652 road accidents in 2016, claiming 1,50,785 precious lives and leaving another 4,94,624 persons injured. In 2-16, accident severity measured by number of persons killed per 100 accidents has reached 31.4 and 46.3 percent of accident deaths were in the age bracket of 18-35 years.

The data were released Tuesday after National Traffic Council meeting chaired by the Vice President of Republic, Manuel Domingos Vicente.

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