Shawsett Managing Director, Steve Shaw, was recently invited to speak at the International Road Federation conference in New Delhi. The Conference on the theme of “Status of Road Safety and Safe Mobility Initiatives in India”, was held on 15-16 January 2015. The conference was a culmination of the Road Safety Week 2015, which is observed annually by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways across India. Steve shared his insights to the conference delegates providing an Australian perspective on post license driver training, with emphasis on Emergency Response as part of the Australian Road Safety Expertise Session, which was a dedicated session organized by AusTrade, covering research, audit, capacity building and management. Other members of the Australian delegation included speakers from University of Queensland, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland and Vic Roads.
Steve shared details of Shawsett’s world-first research project, being conducted in conjunction with Edith Cowan University, which looks at the role of vision and hazard perception in road safety. In particular, the project looks at the capacity to train drivers in order to improve hazard perception. People from the floor had questions and one 'Senior Advocate' saw this as a solution for retraining the millions of poorly skilled drivers in India.
India has an annual road toll in excess of 140,000 lives lost and over 500,000 people injured. It is estimated that the annual economic and social impact of these road traffic injuries is in excess of 33 billion USD or over 2% of India’s GDP. Put another way, India accounts for more than 10% of global road fatalities although it has just over 1% of the world’s vehicle population. (Reference: International Road Federation).