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Recommendations for driver licensing and traffic law enforcement in India aiming to improve road safety

Verma, Ashish and Velumurugan, S and Chakrabarty, Neelima and Srinivas, Sushma (2011) Recommendations for driver licensing and traffic law enforcement in India aiming to improve road safety. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 100 (9). pp. 1373-1385.

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During the last decade, developing countries such as India have been exhibiting rapid increase in human population and vehicles, and increase in road accidents. Inappropriate driving behaviour is considered one of the major causes of road accidents in India as compared to defective geometric design of pavement or mechanical defects in vehicles. It can result in conditions such as lack of lane discipline, disregard to traffic laws, frequent traffic violations, increase in crashes due to self-centred driving, etc. It also demotivates educated drivers from following good driving practices. Hence, improved driver behaviour can be an effective countermeasure to reduce the vulnerability of road users and inhibit crash risks. This article highlights improved driver behaviour through better driver education, driver training and licensing procedures along with good on-road enforcement; as an effective countermeasure to ensure road safety in India. Based on the review and analysis, the article also recommends certain measures pertaining to driver licensing and traffic law enforcement in India aimed at improving road safety.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science (Bangalore)
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Driver behaviour;driver education;driver licensing;road safety;traffic law
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP)
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 09:33
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 09:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38431

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