Adorned with artful illustrations that bring it closer to Chandigarh and its satellite towns, the road safety manual for the UT administration has been readied by the NGO ArriveSafe, giving the subject a friendly treatment and a tasteful twist.
In the works for nearly three months, the book is now in its final draft in English, undergoing proofreading, and would also form the curriculum for the learner’s licence test that is set to get tougher.
“We will make a question bank from the subject matter of the manual,” said Harman S Sidhu, the president of ArriveSafe and the man behind the project, who has been a prominent voice in the road safety drive ever since an accident two decades ago left him paralysed in his torso and legs. Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) Kashish Mittal confirmed the development.
“The idea behind the manual is to make a bridge between the law and the enforcement. Right now, we have just the Motor Vehicle Act and the cops’ challan book! There was a need for a book that explains what’s actually required of the commuters,” Sidhu added.
The 200-page book has four parts, covering subjects from the challan amounts to how to examine your vehicle, to scenarios for each road sign, and also victim care. Sidhu, who is also a member of the UT Road Safety Council, prepared the book as part of a larger project of awareness, with the backing of the UT administration. The plan next is to translate the book in Hindi and Punjabi, to cover all the three languages in which the test is held.
He had planned to complete it in April, starting in March, but the artwork and the “intention to make it more than just another manual” took time. It would also be available as a soft copy online, besides being available in a printed version for a minimal price. “The text stays away from the bureaucratic language available already in the guidelines, rules and laws,” he added.
The next meeting of the road safety council is on July 14, where the manual is to get a formal nod. “We are hoping to include a message by the UT administrator before the release,” Sidhu told HT.