Car Safety Workshop-Hyderabad 15 Sept.2017

Car Safety Workshop-Hyderabad 15 Sept.2017

Consumer VOICE, in collaboration with its state partner Consumer Awareness Research Centre  Hyderabad organized a  workshop on Car Safety on September 15, 2017 at Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

The main objective of the programme is to spread the message that safer cars are needed on Indian roads to save the precious lives.

Mr.Krishna Reddy (Managing Trustee, CARC), welcomed the guests. In his inaugural speech he explained the need of “CAR SAFETY” and requested the guests to give the best solutions on the same.

Chief Guest was Mr.Raghunath (Joint Secretary,Transport Department, Government of Telangana State). Other guests included Mr. Ravi Mantri (Vice President, RKS motors Pvt Ltd), Mr.Vemula Gouri Shankar (Chairman CATCO), Mr.Hemant Upadyay (VOICE), Mr.A.Krishna Murty (Chairman Model Group)and dignitaries from civil society organizations and media.

Mr.Hemant Upadyay (VOICE) in his speech explained the reasons for the workshop on “Car Safety”. He also explained how VOICE as an organization is working with global organizations to reduce accidents and create awareness on Car` Safety. Later in his presentation he gave a detailed information on CAR SAFTEY.

Chief Guest Mr.Raghunath (Joint Secretary, Transport Department, Government of Telangana State) in his speech explained about Car Safety. Further he said that Telangana State is already  discussing about the new safety rules with central government. Before purchasing a car every consumer must focus on safety. Consumers should not compromise on the safety. Telangana is ready to create awareness about Car Safety with the support of Consumer Organizations. He feels that Central Government shall bring more stringent rules in Car Safety.

Mr.Ravinder (G.M Services, RKS Motors PVT LTD) also gave an important presentation.

Other guests Mr. Ravi Mantri (Vice President, RKS motors Pvt Ltd), Mr.Vemula GouriShankar (Chairman CATCO), Mr.Hemant Upadyay (VOICE), Mr.A.Krishna Murty(Chairman Model Group) also spoke about “CAR SAFETY”

Mr. Hemant Upadyay presented participation Certificates to the participants. The programme ended with a question-answer session.

Car Safety Workshop 14th September 2017 – Bengaluru

Car Safety Workshop 14th September 2017 – Bengaluru

Car Safety Workshop 14th September 2017 – Bengaluru

Consumer VOICE, in collaboration with its state partner National Law School of India Bengaluru   organized a workshop on Car Safety on September 14, 2017 at International Training Centre National Law School of India University , Bengaluru.

The main objective of the programme is to spread a message that safer cars are needed on Indian roads to save the precious lives.

A total of 47 candidates from various law colleges, car service centres and NGOs attended the workshop.

Prof. (Dr.) Ashok R. Patil introduced the topic and explained the need of manufacturing cars with safety features. He also introduced Prof. Dr. O.V. Nandimath and Shri. Hemanth Upadhayay with their brief profile. Later it was followed by self-introduction by the participants.

The subject was introduced by Hemanth Uphadhayay consumer VOICE, New Delhi. He in his speech explained how the issue of car safety has gained importance in the last 30 years. Four years back policy makers started thinking about safety of drivers, pedestrians and passengers. He further explained how the policy makers made a study to examine the safety features that are essential.

Chief Guest of the workshop Prof. Dr. O.V. Nandimath, Registrar National Law School University of India (NLSIU), Bangalore, emphasized the importance of car safety. He said for every three and half minutes a motor vehicle accident takes place in India.

He further explained how a person is compensated in case of accident i.e. compensation in no fault liability and negligence based liability. He also explained matrix method of compensation. When the vehicle is insured, the insurance company tries to settle for no fault liability and insurance company takes the defense to not compensate when the vehicle is used for some other purpose against the permitted use. The calculation of compensation by multiplier method was also discussed by him.

Why manufactures are hesitant to manufacture the car loaded with safety measures was elaborated in the workshop by Chief Guest of the workshop Prof. (Dr.) O.V. Nandimath.

He also talked on policies that are necessary to ensure car safety measures and said policies and regulations should be made to make roads safe and vehicles safe.

Expert speaker of the program Shri Hemanth Uphadhayay made a presentation to address the participants over the issue of car safety.

He discussed about the policies around the world for car safety. He said United Nations Organisation has set various minimum car safety measures and it is important to note that India is party to the UN regulations. On the basis of safety requirements 3 categories are made in cars i.e. 5 star category, 4 star category and 3 star category, 3 star category signifies a category which represents presence of minimum safety measures in a car.

In 2016, five Indian cars which made market share of nearly 20% in Indian market were tested, and then it was found that none of them have minimum safety standards. The cars before making to the market should pass through testing. And it is current demand that crash testing should be made at the speed of 64Kmph.

Further in his address he also spoke about 12 established car safety measures that are Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBFD), Brake Assist (BA), Autonomous Energy Braking (AEB), Lane Keeping Technology, Visibility Aids, Seat Belt Enhancements, Airbags, Head Restraints, Child Car Seat Fixing Points, and Pedestrian Protection.

At the end of his presentation he suggested various recommendations such as Adoption of Global NCAP’s two stage minimum car safety regulation plan by the end of the U N Decade of Action in 2020, increasing role of consumer organisations in promotion of safety of cars, and Fiscal incentives and discounts to car buyers opting for safer models to encourage more rapid deployment of new technologies through the passenger car fleet. Suggestions such as to introduce Safety desk at Car Showrooms were made by him. Tips for consumers were also given at the end of his presentation, i.e. Consumer Awareness of Indian and Global Safety regulations is the first step, Consumers should give car safety a top priority, which in turn creates a demand for safer cars and regular emission checks, tyre pressure checks and making sure we ourselves buy safety and prevention tools like fire extinguisher spray.

Shri. Hemanth Uphadhayay informed that with effect from October 2017 the car manufacturer have opined that the new cars will be brought into the market with maximum safety features embedded in them.

At the end of the programme experts answered the questions of the participants and clarified their doubts. Various questions regarding efficiency of the safety measures, requirement of minimum safety measures, requirement of laws and regulations for car safety and creation of awareness among the consumers were put by the participants.

The Seminar concluded with the valedictory session by vote of thanks by Prof. Anita A. Patil.

Safer Cars Workshop in Patna in Collaboration with Janaki Foundation (August 11, 2017)

Safer Cars Workshop in Patna in Collaboration with Janaki Foundation (August 11, 2017)

Safer Cars Workshop in Patna in Collaboration with Janaki Foundation (August 11, 2017)

On August 11th, 2017, a workshop on Safer Cars was organized by Consumer Voice in collaboration with the State Partner for Bihar – The Janaki Foundation. The initiative is part of the campaign to advocate for safer cars for consumers. The consumer demand for safer cars will push for better safety regulation and standards in India at par with global safety standards.
 
Mr. Ravi Shankar, Senior Program Manager, The Janaki Foundation welcomed all the participants and officials for the program. Elaborating on the objectives of the consultation, Mr. Ravi said that these types of program must be organized regularly in Bihar to spread Car Safety/Road Safety awareness among the people to minimize the death occurred in the accident. People must follow the traffic rules and ensure that they drive carefully. Mr. Anup Kumar, Master Trainer from NEXA, Maruti Automobiles spoke about the importance of awareness regarding Car Safety and discussed various aspects of the safety such as seat belts, airbags, break assist, Electronic Control system etc.

Ms. Rinki Sharma from Consumer Voce New Delhi mentioned the various aspects regarding the Road safety measures with the presentation. She described the different safety measures of Car Safety She said that only 4% of car buyers place safety at the top of their list of criteria for choosing a new vehicle. Car safety is so important, not only for drivers but for all road users. He also said that in India when buyers go to buy a car they usually see- price, value for money, brand, mileage, colour, appearance, performance, fuel economy, Size and their last priority is safety. She has briefly discussed about Bharat New Vehicle Assessment Programme and urged the government to implement the same without compromising on any quality standards.

She also mentioned that by knowing more about the safety options that are available, we hope that this will lead to more informed buying decisions and, hopefully, safer choices leading to safer roads.”

Post the presentation, a short film was shown to the participants on car safety/road safety measure and to sensitize them of the loss one faces in life post the accident.

After the film Mr. Vijay Kumar, Public Health  Discussed briefly about importance of safety in this fast changing scenario and emphasized on the need of the implementation of BNCAP on time.

Participants asked questions on various safety aspects which were answered by Experts.Consumers, Consumer activist, NGO’s and civil society organizations took part in the programme and appreciated the Initiative.

Car Safety workshop on August 10, 2017 in Ranchi, Jharkhand

Car Safety workshop on August 10, 2017 in Ranchi, Jharkhand

Car Safety workshop on August 10, 2017 in Ranchi, Jharkhand

In continuation of project activities of Car Safety Initiative Consumer VOICE  along with partners Janaki and Rudra Foundations organised a workshop in Ranchi on 10th August at conference hall of Institute of Public Health,Namkum ,Ranchi Jharkhand.

Ms.Rinki Sharma in her introductory session told about the objectives of this initiative and also discussed various aspects of Car Safety in present scenario.She has discussed about safety features of seat belts, air bags, Automatic Breaking System (ABS),importance of safety features in vehicles especially in cars.

Further she also discussed about various steps taken on the global front and in Indian scenario such as Bharat New Vehicle Safety assessment Programme.

A short documentary film based on real life experiences of the victim/victim’s family members was shown to the audience. They appreciated the efforts through short film to make people aware about importance of safety aspects.

Another short video was shown to audience on safety belts and their importance.

Shri Vinay Kumar of Maruti Motor Driving Training School and Shri Tariq, experts from automobile sector discussed various safety aspects while driving on roads and how these safety features play an important role in today’s fast changing scenario. They discussed with audience through interactive session about technologies involved, how safety features works and why they are important.

They also asked audience to ask queries on safety features from manufacturers /car dealers while buying cars.

Shri Saket Singh of Rudra Foundation told that consumers prefer colour designinteriors and comfort over safety features while buying a car.He has also urged the audience to spread the message across and demand for basic safety features to be mandatory in all cars to government.

Shri Anjum of Prajwala foundation also emphasized on implementation of BNCAP without delay in consumer friendly way.

Consumers, representatives from Consumer and Civil Society Organsations, students and women participated in the programme with great enthusiasm .There was an interactive session of question answer and queries were answered by experts.

Car Safety workshop – Jaipur –  14 July 2017

Car Safety workshop – Jaipur – 14 July 2017

Car Safety workshop – Jaipur – 14 July 2017

Consumer Voice in collaboration with its state partner Hand for Help, Jaipur organized a workshop on Car Safety at Hotel Savi on July 14, 2017.

The main objective of the workshop was to generate awareness among the consumers on safety features of cars and about ‘Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme’, which ensures that vehicles should be fitted with safety equipments.

Mr. Arjun Kant Jha, Office Bearer, Hand for Help in his welcome speech mentioned that earlier cars were supposed to be the safest vehicle because only selected categories of vehicles were available. Now the situation has changed because of economic empowerment resulting into increased number of cars. Hence, today victimization of car wheelers is second after two wheelers.

Sh. Hemant Upadhyay, Senior Advisor from Consumer VOICE in his introductory opening told in brief about Consumer VOICE initiatives in constitution of various consumer friendly laws in India. Further on the subject he mentioned that Indian government is taking steps towards harmonization of national regulations of safety standards for passenger cars with UN-ECE regulations. ‘Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme’ which will be voluntary from October, 2017 and mandatory by October, 2020.

30% of the fatalities can be prevented by only adopting safety gadgets in our cars. While purchasing the car, people usually first bargain on prices and/or demand for comfortable devices along with musical instruments and also car colours are on priority. There is no demand or query from car consumers for safety gadgets. Through the presentation, he showed the importance of car safety instruments in saving lives. A video was shown to understand the need of safety gadgets in cars.

Smt. Prerana Singh, Managing Trustee, People’s Trust and Centre Coordinator, Centre for Road Safety said people more often discuss on prices of cars, its look/design and power and there is dearth of discussion on safety aspects available in car. On preventing measures in car she highlighted the people’s attitude, behavior, road conditions along with presence or absence of safety gadgets responsible for averting accidents.

Shri Girish, President, All India Motor Driving School Association told that it is one of the much needed activity to be enforced strictly because majority of the families are having cars without any safety guard. As we Indians are in the habit of multitasking, hence during travel we enjoy listening to music, talking over phone and even eating. Therefore, under such scenario car safety gadgets are the only instrument for minimizing accidents.

Audience appreciated the documentary of road accident victims shown during the meeting. There was a question answer session where experts cleared the queries of participants.

The workshop was participated by 51 NGOs and Motor Driving Schools, representatives from civil societies of  Jaipur city.