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VideoJanuary 15, 2020

Prioritizing Road Safety In India

Every year, about 150,000 people lose their lives on India’s roads, and more than five times that number are injured or maimed for life. The national highways alone claim one life a year for every two kilometers. Road crashes also impact economic growth, costing the Indian economy between 3 to 5 percent of GDP a year. Given the rising trajectory of crashes in India, the country’s recent enactment of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 is a laudable step in the right direction. The World Bank stands ready to support the government’s efforts towards ensuring safer roads in India. World Bank India organized an online LIVE discussion with Hartwig Schafer, Vice-President, South Asia Region, World Bank and Piyush Tewari, CEO, SaveLIFE Foundation on ‘Saving Lives, Boosting Prosperity’ on Monday, 13th January as part of the 31st National Road Safety Week.