Car Safety Workshop – Chennai-28 December 2017

Consumer VOICE in collaboration with its state partner Consumers Association India organised a car safety workshop at Hotel Raj Park, Alwarpet Chennai on December 28, 2017.The main objective of the workshop is to spread the message that safer cars are needed on Indian roads to save the precious lives.

Ms.Nirmala Desikaran, Chairperson Consumers Association India welcomed the guests and delivered the inaugural address . She said that a safer car should not only be a priority for the consumer but a need to be supported by manufactures and regulators as well. She said safety features in cars sold in India were insufficient and ineffective when compared to the developed countries or the same cars being exported out of India.

Mr. Hemanth Upadhyay, Senior Advisor Projects & IT, Consumer VOICE, delivered the subject introduction and said lack of safety features in Indian cars is a major cause for high causalities in road accidents in the country. About 30 per cent of deaths are caused due to lack of safety features in Indian cars, he added.

Mr. Hemanth Upadhyay, Senior Advisor Projects & IT, Consumer VOICE at Car Safety Workshop in Chennai

He elaborated about the main safety features such as seat belt, air bags, head strains and consumers should give preference to such features while buying a car. He said the Motor Vehicle Bill 2017 would be cleared by the Parliament soon. “It will be a big tool for the authorities to implement road safety measures in a proper way.”

The chief guest of the programme Ms.D.Shanmuga Priya, Deputy Commissioner of Police-North (Traffic), Greater Chennai said that the police department is giving stronger thrust on sensitising and educating youngsters in the age group of 18-25 years, who are often detected for rash driving and causing injuries, mostly to pedestrians.

“We are also creating awareness at school level with the hope that the children will force their parents to follow safety measures while driving. In the last six months, we have conducted road safety awareness for 20,000 children.

Participants in Car Safety Workshop in Chennai

Mr. P. Bhaskaran, RTO Chennai West spoke about the new Motor Vehicles Act and its rules and the measures taken by his department. The representative from United India Insurance Mr. Prabhakar spoke about the motor insurance policy, how they ascertained the claims etc. in case of an accident.

Representative from United India Insurance, Regional Transport Officer and Consumer activist T.Sodagopan were also shared their views on the subject matter. Around 50 participants were present at the progamme which was followed by question answer session. The programme was covered extensively by the media as well.

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