Always cross the street where you can clearly see the coming vehicles in both directions. Watch this video. (By Department of transport UK)

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Road signs – An important traffic management tool.

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Road signages are important to ensure smooth traffic flow without bottle necks or mishaps. Road signs give out a number of messages regarding the road and what you as a driver should expect on the road. Therefore, if followed properly, road signs help maintaining discipline on the road.  They keep the traffic flowing freely by helping drivers reach their destinations and letting them know entry, exit and turn points in advance. Pre-informed drivers will naturally avoid committing mistakes or take abrupt turns causing bottlenecks. Road signs, indicating turns, directions and landmarks, also help to save time and fuel by providing information on the route to be taken to reach a particular destination. Road signs help in the following ways:

  • Pre informing about the correct lanes to be taken thus avoiding bottlenecks caused by abrupt turns
  • Mentioning entry and exit points on main roads
  • informing about the speed limit on curves and other sensitive junctions avoiding mishaps
  • Segregating heavy, medium and light vehicles on narrow roads and bridges
  • Promoting road discipline by reminding about regulations on lane discipline and overtaking
  • Traffic signs notify motorists of regulations, provide warning to potential hazards on or near the roadway, and provide needed guidance to destinations.

In other countries, a lot of emphasis is placed on road signs and they serve as an effective traffic management tool. They help minimize potential and common errors committed by motorists and drivers. It is necessary that in a congested city like Mumbai road signs are put up to ease congestion and help commuters navigate through the road networks.

We are taking up the issue with the government authorities and the law enforcement agencies directly and also shall request media to help create awareness and pressure on the authorities. We look forward to your suggestion and support to take up better governance.

You can send your suggestions to info@theroadtochange.org.in

Drunk driving can be fatal!

Drunk driving can be fatal!

A brilliant Brazilian add against speeding by Ecovia.

A brilliant Brazilian add against speeding by Ecovia.

Eliminating the inconvenience caused due to poorly scheduled road repair work.

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A lot of roads in Mumbai have been in very bad shape and the only thing worse than them is the repair work undertaken for the same by the BMC moving at snails pace and causing inconvenience to everyone. Often the road repair work isn’t optimally scheduled causing unending jams and inconvenience to commuters and road users. In some cases, work that be completed quickly if done at a stretch is distributed over  a number of days. With the BMC planning a mega block for road repairs on the lines of ones undertaken by Railways, the matters are only expected to get worse.

Ideally repair work should be scheduled at non peak hours or during the time of the day when the vehicular flow  is minimum. When limited amount of work is involved, road repair should be taken up at night time to ensure smooth completion and least inconvenience to the citizens and road users. If a substantial amount of work is to be done, it should be done round the clock at a stretch rather than distributing the same over longer intervals.

We are taking up the issue with the government authorities and the law enforcement agencies directly and also shall request media to help create awareness and pressure on the authorities. We look forward to your suggestion and support to take up better governance.

You can send your suggestions to info@theroadtochange.org.in

Ad campaign by Bangalore traffic police against distracted driving: Don’t talk while he drives.

Ad campaign by Bangalore traffic police against distracted driving: Don't talk while he drives.

Solving city’s traffic woes through strict law and civic sense enforcement

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With around 400 deaths caused by road accidents and 8000 injuries reported daily, India tops the list of most road crash fatalities globally. Add to it the loss in productivity, fuel and environmental effects and the gravity of the current situation is unavoidable. The city of Mumbai alone witnesses numerous traffic snarls and mishaps every day affecting millions of commuters and pedestrians. The major cause for the same being an acute lack of civic sense in the citizens, the motorists and pedestrians alike. Although a lot of people have voiced their opinion on reducing the number of vehicles and constricting more flyovers/underpasses, it needs to be understood that good civic sense and ideal road and infrastructure usage can reduce our traffic woes to a great extent. Simple measures such as stricter law enforcement, adherence to disciplined driving and road usage following traffic rules and protocols can go a long way in positively changing the current scenario.

The government officials too opine that people in India cannot be governed and it is becoming increasingly difficult to enforce rules and regulations as people tend to leverage their clout with higher authorities and it gets increasingly difficult for law enforcement officials to function. But is this the sole reason? Of course voluntary adherence to laws and regulations is the basic duty of the citizens but more often than not adherence is a direct result of strict law enforcement.

This has been emphasized through the constructive actions taken by IPS officer Rishi raj Singh, Transport commissioner and ADGP Kerala. Road crash fatalities in Kerala have come down thanks to measures such as strict enforcement of speed regulations and compulsory helmets for motorcyclists. His efforts have sufficiently validated the fact that enforcing the rule of law and civic sense and discipline coupled with awareness can bring about the necessary change. It is important that similar necessary and constructive steps are taken to reduce the city’s traffic congestion and promote responsible and safe driving.

We are taking up the issue with the government authorities and the law enforcement agencies directly and also shall request media to help create awareness and pressure on the authorities. We look forward to your suggestion and support to take up better governance.

You can send your suggestions to info@theroadtochange.org.in

Enforcing civic rules and instilling civic sense

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One gets feedback from Govt Officials that people in India can not be governed.
There is no character building in India. There is no civic sense or discipline in India. They can not enforce laws on people of India. They say people will complain to persons in Authority that they are being harassed.
Do you agree with this attitude or approach of the people who are responsible to govern and enforce law?
We would like to survey and provide report\your views to those in charge of governance.

But the vital objective is to also suggest how they should enforce the rule of law and enforce civic sense and discipline.
The areas where we want to take up this are:

  • Pedestrian facilities and user and no jaywalking.
  • Disciplined driving.
  • No loud disturbing music\playing in neighboring areas

We are taking up the issue with the government authorities and the law enforcement agencies directly and also shall request media to help create awareness and pressure on the authorities. We look forward to your suggestion and support to take up better governance.

You can send your suggestions to info@theroadtochange.org.in

Improving Mumbai’s transport services with holistic solutions – Auto and Taxis

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The fare hike for auto rickshaw services in Pune has inspired their Mumbai comrades to renew their demand for fare hike. According to the new fare hike, that came into effect on October 15 the base rate for Pune is Rs.17, making an auto ride costlier than in Mumbai. In Pune, the first 1.5 km will cost Rs.17 and every subsequent kilometer Rs 11.65. In comparison Mumbai’s current fare starts with Rs.15 for the first 1.5 km and Rs 9.87 for every subsequent kilometer. The union has cited reasons such as cost of living, cost of fuel, vehicle maintenance costs and low wages in context of the hours spent. This comes close on the heels of the continued demands by daily commuters for better measures and strict guidelines for operating auto rickshaws.

Although RTO cracked down on auto and taxi drivers refusing to ply in the past; better, inclusive and broader solutions are needed. The toll free helpline provided by the RTO (1800-22-0110) has received a total of 1,548 complains in the past year with an even more number of such incidents going unreported. With both the auto unions and the citizens demanding necessary changes, the RTO and the state government must lay down a set of measures and rules that address the issue holistically and ensure they are uniformly followed.

Our suggestion is as under

  1. The taxis and rickshaws should never refuse to ply
  2. Authorities need to be very strict against offenders
  3. Providing each vehicle (taxis and auto rickshaws) an identification card mentioning the working time and lunch/break times explicitly. This card should always be present in the vehicle.
  4. It is equally important that specific regulations are framed for compliance taking care of all the stakeholders.
  5. Working on a transparent and accurate method of fare revision calculations rather then bringing them into effect arbitrarily

We are taking up the issue with the government authorities and the service provider unions directly and also shall request media to help create awareness and pressure on the authorities. We look forward to your suggestion and support to take up better governance for stopping such incidents.

You can send your suggestions to info@theroadtochange.org.in or provide them through this google form https://docs.google.com/a/theroadtochange.org.in/forms/d/1yB1jHwcdYuMUcCBn7si2XWucaDYRm9AeGb7o4_aknxI/viewform

Road fatalities around the world

62% of all the road fatalities in the world occur in just 10 countries with India being on top of the list.(source: WHO)

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