New Delhi: In a bid to put a tab on growing road accident cases in the country, the government is mulling over setting up automatic vehicle inspection and certification centers which will ensure road safety and facilitate in checking the accidents on roads.

Expressing deep concern over the increasing rate of road accidents in the country, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways CP Joshi on Wednesday held the negligence of drivers responsible for the tragic incidents.

“Around 80 percent of the road accidents occurring across the country is due the negligent behavior of the drivers and overloading,” Joshi said while addressing the 13th Meeting of National Road Safety Council.

Asking the states to stringently follow the laws under the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, the minister said that the government will table the amendment bill in this regard in the budget session of the Parliament.

Expressing the need of road safety fund in the states, Joshi said, “The states must set up road safety fund. The ministry will provide all possible financial aid to the states to commence the project. The states can use the money collected from the vehicle challans in this direction.”

He further said that the ministry is working on preparing a frame work in this regard.

The Union Minister expressed his concerns over the need of effective long term projects for road safety.

He said that the ministry has undertaken several important IT projects like Mission Mode Project under National e-Governance Programme. The proposed project aims at the creation of state and National Register of Driving Licence and Registration Certificates. The data will be made available on portal with secure access under this project. Such data can also be accessed at the check posts to ensure that taxes have been paid and all documents are in order.

Mentioning about another important scheme, the Union Minister said that the government is mulling over introducing a smart card mode for the issuance of documents like Driving License and Registration Certificate. This would bring uniformity and inter-state operability of such documents, he asserted.

Welcoming the Tamil Nadu government move maintaining an electronic road traffic accident database, Joshi said that the 12th Five Year plan must include such type of database for putting a tab on road accidents at the national level.

JPN/Bureau