WDR

World Day of Remembrance 2019

World Day of Remembrance 2019

World Day of Remembrance 2019

“Life is not a Car Part”

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November every year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. This year’s slogan of World Day of Remembrance is ‘Life is not a Car Part’.Consumer VOICE considers Road Safety as an important safety issue for consumers. Considering this need we are educating consumers and spreading awareness on various road safety aspects through educational and outreach activities. The entire world experiences a number of road accidents and serious injuries. This annual global event represents a significant opportunity to call attention to the pathetic road safety situation in India.

 

This year Consumer VOICE along with its state partners organised various event on the occasion of WDR :

Media supported the events and provide wide coverage in the states.

Lucknow Uttar Pradesh:

Consumer Guild, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh with support from Consumer VOICE, Delhi, organized “Shraddhanjali Sabha” to pay tribute to road traffic victims on the occasion of World Day of Remembrance on 17th Nov 2019. A peaceful walk started from Kakori By Pass to the entry point of Lucknow – Agra Express Highway, Lucknow Uttar Pradesh and demanded safer roads for all. They also demanded the State Government to strongly implement the new rules of MVA 2019.

More than 50 people participated in the peace walk, including representatives from NGOs, lawyers, students, doctors, Nursing Association, bankers, corporate sector representative, Ex-Army Welfare Federation. Many Victims /Family members joined the event. This year’s slogan of World Day of Remembrance –“Life is not car part” was prominently displayed on banners and placards. Early notification of MVAA was demanded by the participants. The walkathon was ended by two minutes silence (mourn) in the memory of road accident victims and candles were lighted in the remembrance of Road Traffic Victims.

Ambala, Haryana:

Citizens Awareness Group, with support from Consumer VOICE, Delhi organized an event to strengthen road safety and tribute meeting for road safety victims on November 16th November 2019 at Amarapali hotel Ambala-Haryana. Shri Satyanarayan SHO Traffic, Shri Bhushan, Senior Road Safety Inspector, Shri Rashit Bajaj, Senior Road Safety Associate participated and addressed the gathering. They discussed about the positive aspects of theMVAA. Shri Surinder Verma-Chairman Citizens Awareness Group and Smt.Reena Singla Secretary were present along with people from NGOs, representative of CSOs working on road safety, and lawyer’s etc.It was covered well by Media. The tribute meeting was ended by two minutes silence in the memory of road accident victims and candles were lighted in the remembrance of Road Traffic Victims.

Guwahati, Assam:

Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum, Assam, with support from Consumer VOICE, Delhi organized a peaceful walk from Guwahati Medical College Road, Bhangagarh on Sunday 17 November in association with Chakshu, Guwahati to gave tribute on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and demanded safer roads for all. Dr. Karavi Barman, Principal-In-Charge, NEF Law College inaugurated the peace walk, students, residents ,representatives from NGOs /CSOs working on road safety and lawyers participated in the walk. It was a very successful event and media covered it well through print and online coverage. Strict Implementation of MVAA was demanded by the participants. The walkathon ended with a two-minute silence in the memory of road accident victims.

Delhi:

Bhartiya Manav Kalyan Samiti, Delhi with support from Consumer VOICE organized a peace walk at Mayur vihar in Delhi with participation from Local residents mainly parents of school going children. Citizen demanded for strict implementation of MVAA .A talk was also organized in which Shri S C Sharma of Bhartiya Manav Kalyan Samiti and Shri Hemant Upadhyay Consumer VOICE addressed the parents and children about road safety and main provisions of MVAA. The peace walk was ended by two minutes silence in the memory of road accident victims and candles were lighted in the remembrance of Road Traffic Victims.

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh:

A Stakeholders Consultation on Strengthening Road Safety in the State of Madhya Pradesh organized by National Centre for Human Settlements & Environment (NCHSE), Bhopal with support from Consumer VOICE (New Delhi) on 19th Nov 2019. The objective of the event was to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and to create awareness about the road safety to minimize road accidents. Shri Naresh Annotia, DSP,Traffic stressed that youth need to be disciplined and follow traffic rules for not only to reduce the chances of road accidents, but to help smooth flow of traffic and reduce vehicular pollution in cities. Shri Himanshu Tiwari, Subedar (Traffic) spoke at length about the magnitude of road accidents, their causes and the lives it takes every year in India and in Madhya Pradesh. He explained various precautionary measures and traffic signage which every motor vehicle driver should know and follow to remain safe.

During discussion it was highlighted that despite Motor Vehicle Amendment Act 2019 became effective from 1st September 2019 and several states have implemented it, Government of Madhya Pradesh is yet to take a decision to implement it. It was also highlighted that the new provisions of MVAA have been made with the view to discourage offences and that the increase in penalties are not only a means of deterrent but also not high in real term if one consider the price escalation during the 30 years.

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Remembering Victims on WDR – OPEd in Financial Express by Parvesh Verma

Remembering Victims on WDR – OPEd in Financial Express by Parvesh Verma

On the sombre occasion of World Day of Remembrance (WDoR) 2018, Mr Parvesh Verma, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha requested all citizens to remember those families who have lost their loved ones due to road accidents. Roads Have Stories, was this year’s theme for WDoR. Every year hundreds of lives are lost on the roads in India due to various factors. It is time the government must pass the MVA Bill 2017 to ensure safety on Indian roads.

Remembering the victims, Shri Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma wrote an OpEd in Financial Express. Click here to read the full article.

 

World Day of Remembrance – Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)

World Day of Remembrance – Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)

World Day of Remembrance – Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)

Consumer Guild, Lucknow ,Uttar Pradesh with support from Consumer VOICE, Delhi, organised a peace walk which originated from Swasthya Bhawan crossing and ended at Shaheed Smarak to mark the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims and demanded safer roads for all.

More than 200 people participated in the peace walk, including NGOs, lawyers, students, doctors, Nursing Association, bankers, corporate sector representative, Ex-Army Welfare Federation. Peace walk started from Swasthya Bhawan Chauraha and passed on Civil Court, Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation Head office, Transport Commissioner office and ended at Shaeed Smarak  .

This year’s slogan of World Day of Remembrance is “Roads have stories — Voice of victims” which was prominently displayed on banners and placards. The walkathon ended with a two-minute silence in the memory of road accident victims. Many Victims /Family members joined the event. They made a heartfelt urge to the government for passing the bill on road safety so that others don’t go through the pain that they went through.

Abhishek Srivastava, chairman, Consumer Guild said – “Road casualties are an epidemic and the governments can no longer afford to ignore. All avenues be it road design, licensing, driving skills, traffic management, vehicle design, policing, enforcement need to be addressed through a strong and comprehensive road safety legislation immediately.” Consumer Voice and its state partners have requested the government to pass the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2017 in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament.

Ekta Purohit Manager-Projects Consumer VOICE stressed on passage of the Bill. She said “If this bill is further deferred, we will be putting at risk precious lives of citizens before the next session of Parliament can adopt it. These casualties may include thousands of innocent children and youths in their productive years of life. “

Mr Ashutosh Soti, Road accident victim and Founder of Shubham Soti Foundation who lost his teenage son in an accident said “ I lost my son on road. We are shattered and there is no hope left. Government must ensure safer road travel by passing road safety bill soon” He also encouraged youngsters to use helmets while driving at the walkathon.”

Major Ashish Chaturvedi, President, Ex-Army Welfare Association shared how young people play with their lives by breaking rules on roads.

Other volunteer organisations, Sashakt Foundation’s Amber Srivastav, Major Ashish Chaturvedi, President, Ex-Army Welfare Association, renowned  advocates of High Court Lucknow Imran Ullah Khan, Rajat Bansal, Amita Yadav, R.D.Shukla, Ratna Pandey, President Vaishya Samaj Pradeep ji also share their views on the road safety issue.

The event received very good response from Media.

Media Coverage in Lucknow

 

The Pioneer

Dainik Jagran

Hindustan Chrome

Nav Bharat Times

Amar Ujala

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) – Chandigarh

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) – Chandigarh

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) – Chandigarh

On the 3rd Sunday of November every year world over people remember those persons who have died in road accidents or other victims of road traffic crashes and their families. This event was founded in 1993 by RoadPeace a British charity group which works for road crash victims in the UK. This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR). In the year 2005 this event was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly with The World Health Organization (WHO) pledging its support two years earlier.

Now every road has its own story. Some of these stories are tragic that are worth remembering. Roads are also final resting places for so many lives cut short. Roads & streets are more than just physical connections from point A to point B. Considering these points the slogan for this year’s WDoR is “Roads have Stories”. It is linked to the 2nd pillar of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: Safer Roads & Mobility. Through WDoR the main aim is to raise the safety and quality of road networks for the benefit of all road users, especially the most vulnerable through infrastructure assessments and improved planning, design, construction and operation of roads.

In India this event holds more relevance than other countries because in absolute numbers the number of road crash deaths is second highest. Sample this – Last year in 2017 across India a total of 4,64,910 road accidents took place taking 1,47,913 lives and causing injuries to 4,70,975 persons. When we translate these figures, on an average 405 deaths took place every day or 17 deaths every hour. Though the number of road accidents have been declining from the peak of 5,01,423 in 2015 to 4,80,652 in 2016 and further to 4,64,910 in 2017 this is just a small drop in the ocean.

Consumer Voice and Citizen Awareness Group (Chandigarh) in collaboration with Chandigarh Traffic Police observed World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims 2018 in Sector 23. The peace walk was organized to demand safer roads for all in which many city residents participated. More than 150 citizens and NSS students of DAV College Sector 10 took part in the event. A two-minute silence was observed in memory of those who lost their lives in road accidents. It was followed by a candle march. This annual global event represents a significant opportunity to call attention to the pathetic road safety situation in the country. Many victims also joined the event and shared their experiences. Some people started crying while narrating their harrowing stories. Inspector Sita Devi sensitized the students about road safety during the event. Traffic Inspector Mr. Dharmendra Chhabra addressed the audience and shared his experience.

In the end Mr. Surinder Verma, chairman of the group said, “The road safety bill promised by the government is yet to see the light of day. We are requesting the government to pass the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2017 in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament. How can our nation become superpower when it is not able to provide even basic sense of safety on the roads? Ekta Purohit of Consumer VOICE said: “If this bill is further deferred, we will be putting at risk precious lives of citizens before the next session of Parliament can adopt it. These casualties may include thousands of innocent children and youths in their productive years of life. This is a clear case of carnage on our roads.”

Media Coverage in Chandigarh

 

Hindustan Times

The Indian Express

Jagmarg

Arth Parkash

The Tribune

Dainik Savera

Aaj Samaj

Ajit Samachar

Ajit Samachar

Divya Himachal

Punjabi Jagran

Jagmarg Express

Rozana Spokesman

The Times of India

Daily Post

Dainik Bhaskar

Amar Ujala

Aaj Samaj

Dainik Jagran

Dainik Tribune

The Pioneer

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) – Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) – Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) – Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury. This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR). In the year 2005 this event was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly with The World Health Organization (WHO) pledging its support two years earlier.

National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment (NCHSE), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in partnership with Consumer Voice, New Delhi organized a discussion-cum-documentary film show on Road accident victims to observe the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. The theme of the event was “Roads have Stories-Voices of Victims”. This was followed by a presentation in which views were expressed by the relatives of some of the victims. These presentations highlighted the reasons of accidents, including the lack of safety features in cars manufactured in India. A documentary film titled “Aakhir Kab Tak” was screened. The film stressed the importance of first aid to accident victims during the golden hour of the accidents.  During the discussion participants expressed their views and some of them narrated their own stories, which reflected the need for stronger law to prevent and reduce road accidents and enable prompt help for the victims. A victim’s father narrated the incident of severe road accident which involved his son and his friend who were 10th standard students at that time of accident. He further stated that it would have been more disastrous had they been not taken to the hospital in the nick of time by a Good Samaritan. He concluded by saying that it is important that accident victims get immediate medical help after the accident. Mr. Harish Bhawnani, Convener, Bhopal Citizen Forum (Bureaucrats’ Forum) said that vehicles being manufactured in India lack essential safety features, which along with lack of pedestrian facilities in urban areas are the major reasons of road accidents.

NCHSE chairman Dr. Pradip Nandi said – “Road casualties are an epidemic and the governments can no longer afford to ignore. All avenues be it road design, licensing, driving skills, traffic management, vehicle design, policing, enforcement need to be addressed through a strong and comprehensive road safety legislation immediately.”