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Regular and proper maintenance of vehicles needed to check road accidents
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 automobile vehicles.

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.



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