The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways formulates policies for road safety so as to minimise road accidents. The important schemes formulated and managed by the Road Safety Cell of the Ministry include publicity programmes, National Highways Accidents Relief Service Scheme(NHARSS), refresher training to heavy vehicle drivers in unorganised sector, providing road safety equipments to States/UTs etc. The National Road Safety Policy recommended by the committee on Road Safety and Traffic Management, envisages on road safety issues, establishment of road safety information database, strengthening of driving licence system and training, better enforcement of road safety laws etc. The policy also envisages setting up of a dedicated agency namely National Road Safety & Traffic Management Board to oversee the road safety activities in the country.
The important schemes run by the Ministry to promote road safety are as follows:-
(i) Publicity Measures and Awareness Campaign on Road Safety : with a view to raise road safety awareness among the public, the Government undertakes various publicity measures in the form of telecast/broadcast of T.V. spots/Radio.. jingles; organizing Road Safety Week, Seminars, Exhibitions, All India Essay Competition on Road Safety; printing of posters, calendars, children activity books etc., containing road safety messages for various segments of road users viz. Pedestrians, cyclists, school children, heavy vehicle drivers etc.
(ii) Refresher Training of drivers in Unorganised Sector and Human Resource Development :- Financial assistance is being given to States/UTs for setting up of Model driving training schools to produce good drivers. In addition, refresher training to on the job drivers in unorganised sector is also given through a few reputed Organisations.
(iii) National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme (NHARSS):- The scheme entails providing cranes and ambulances to States/UTs for relief and rescue measures in the aftermath of accident by evacuation road accident victims to nearest medical aid centre and for clearing the accident site.
(iv) Road Safety and Pollution Testing Equipments and Programme Implementation: Road safety equipments like Interceptor are provided to States/UTs for enforcement and implementation of various rules as regulations relating to road safety.