According to police reports in India, more than 110,000 people are killed every year in road accidents across the country. The key reasons cited for this sorry state of affairs are : bus accidents due to reckless driving, bad roads and poorly maintained vehicles.
Maintenance of vehicles
on a regular basis should be given top priority in a country like
India which has got the status of a growing economy. Due to lack of
proper maintenance of both public and private vehicles, this results
in frequent breakdowns (including key components breakdown all of a
sudden) causing accidents to occur at periodic intervals.
Concerned quarters can do
well to give big importance to maintenance of all public transport
vehicles on a regular basis. Even media should be encouraged to come
out with proper advertisements and slogans for both public and
private vehicles commuting throughout India for undergoing regular
and periodic maintenance service for making the Indian roads a lot
safer for journey purpose.
A part of the solution
could be leading automobile manufacturers should be encouraged to
multiply their chain of maintenance depots in different parts of the
country. If required, special laws should be In place to allocate
hassle free land for them to construct maintenance depots in many
strategic places where they are missing at this moment and these can
be optimally utilised by different vehicles (both public and
private). One reason for lack of awareness of regular maintenance
could be the presence of fewer maintenance depots for different
Additionally, all buses
and trucks which are plying on the roads should be mandated to
properly notify through a notice board with regard to the last date
of maintenance done (including at which site and if any vital new
parts changed etc). Such a move will enhance the confidence level of
passengers seeking their services for travel.
Regular checking by
transport officials with the help of local police by giving emphasis
on maintenance records for every vehicle passing through different
routes will also help in ensuring that priority is accorded for
maintenance for different vehicles by their owners.
It is a fact that on a
daily basis, the number of vehicles plying on the roads keep
increasing and therefore regular maintenance of these vehicles is
very important from safety view point.
Regular debates should be
conducted involving experts as to how to reduce the number of road
accidents in the future and the suggestions arrived at should be
properly implemented by all concerned.