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MPs take to wheels for road safety

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 08, 2012
First Published: 23:35 IST(8/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:37 IST(8/12/2012)

A number of country's parliamentarians on Saturday were behind the wheels to spread the message of road safety among people.


Named as the JK Tyre-Constitution Club of the India Parliamentarian Car rally, media personnel and Indian military staff also participated in it.

The rally — the theme was ‘For the Cause of Road Safety’—travelled through the Capital with every driver-navigator team bearing messages to help spread critical social awareness and encourage citizens to abide by road safety norms. 

Describing the idea behind the rally, BJP MP, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “Our ministers and MPs spend almost 80 per cent of their time travelling in cars and are law abiding citizens. So it wouldn't have got better than the parliamentarians coming forward and spreading the message of safe driving to the masses. They are the influential lot, who have the maximum reach and connect with the masses. Thus, the idea behind this concept was to make them the messenger of safe driving.”

The parliamentarians, who are yet to discuss and give a final nod to the much awaited Motor Vehicle act Amendment Bill —which according to the traffic police and transport experts will help curb road accidents — emphasised the need for safe driving.

Many of India's leaders —Rajesh Pilot, Sahib Singh Verma, Yerran Naidu, Dayanand Sahay, Mahendra Singh Bhati, Munawwar Hasan, Shrikant Jichkar and Abrar Ahmed —were killed in road accidents. “Spreading the message on road safety through this event is also a way to remember the late leaders,” said Rudy.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister CP Joshi, who was the chief guest, said: “The need of the hour is to amend our constitution and to make all states, centre, road owning agencies and police to work collectively in ensuring road safety.”

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