Activities of IRF India Chapter

Since inception, IRF IC has been actively involved in multiple and diverse areas of work relating to road safety issues.

1. Among its many activities, its annual Conferences on Road Safety themes have attracted global participation and have been universally lauded for their qualitative content and deliberations on strategic issues. Nine IRF Regional Conferences have so far been organized in India on special themes. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has taken up with the concerned ministries the recommendations (link) of these Conferences, many of which are since under implementation.

2. Along with these Conferences, IRF IC organized two editions of Intertraffic India Exhibition, the world's largest exhibition on Traffic Technology in 2011 and 2013.

3. The issues that the IRF IC has been pursuing through the concerned departments at Minister/ Secretary level include:

  • • Printing road signs with their meanings in school texts

  • • Preparation of integrated syllabus and course material on Road Safety for classes VI-X

  • • Duty free import of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) related equipment for efficient traffic management and safety and driving simulators, which are essential for driver training schools

  • Income Tax Exemption for corporate donors and individual philanthropists etc., for expenditure on approved road safety initiatives

  • • Making it mandatory at the manufacturers’ end to affix luminous tapes / strips on critical bicycle parts for improved visibility of bicycles at night. Inclusion in the codes for manufacturers of bicycles is presently under BIS scrutiny. Also fixing luminous conspicuity tapes on all sides of commercial vehicles, in compliance with the provisions of MV Act

  • • Directing cinema hall and multiplex owners to screen 2 to 3 minute duration road safety films prior to commercial screening. IRF IC has produced three films for this purpose, “EHSAAS” on drunken driving, “AFSOS” on helping accident victims and “KAASH” on helmet safety and adventurism in motorcycle riding (link to films). These films have also been sub-titled in different regional languages and are being screened in different States

  • • Providing soft copies of road safety hoardings and posters to the State Governments for display in prominent locations of cities and towns

  • • Issuing directives to all manufacturers of motorized two-wheelers to have headlights connected to the ignition, so that they always remain in on condition while in use to provide added safety through conspicuity

  • • Identifying through a group of experts “Engineering Measures Required for Enhancement of Safety on High Speed Roads”, which are now under implementation

  • • Creation of a Road Construction Workers Training Academy for creating skilled labour in improved methods of road construction

  • • Training of Motor Vehicle Inspectors of Transport Departments for ensuring road worthiness of vehicles

  • • Preparing and telecasting six road safety promos each of 3 to 4 minutes duration, jointly prepared by IRF IC and NDTV – a prominent Indian Television Channel

  • • Designing and developing, in association with Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE), a road safety curriculum for classes VI to X

  • • Stricter enforcement measures to control drunken driving

  • • Installation of various in-vehicle safety systems in all vehicles sold in India

  • • Launching a massive awareness campaign


The following are among its other noteworthy activities:

  • • Twelve week long Certification Courses for Road Safety Auditors from February 2010 onwards, in collaboration with Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). So far about 290 auditors have been trained

  • • A study of the deficiencies in road signs and bus stops without bus bays along a major set of corridors in Delhi, the recommendations and designs of which were taken up with the Government of Delhi

  • Road Accident Data Recorder (RADaR), a unique and universally adoptable system for scientific and comprehensive accident data collection through a tablet equipped with GPS and GPRS connectivity to web-server, as well as digital camera. This completely menu-driven touch-screen device is likely to revolutionize road crash investigation through providing end to end solutions using scientific data with greater ease, and consequently improve road safety in the developing world

  • • An extensive Bicycle conspicuity drive so far covering 2,00,000 bicycles in Delhi

  • • Various tax exemptions for investments in road safety both under Section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961, as well as the more recent provisions of CSR under Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013. Road Safety activities are now 100% income tax exempt under Section 35AC of the Income Tax Act 1961

  • • Seminars jointly with MoRT&H on different subjects related to road safety. The recommendations of these Seminars are under consideration of the Ministry

  • • A bimonthly newsletter for all the members and other with important news and views on the problems and solutions of road sector

  • • Participating in international trade fairs organized by IRF in different countries to showcase Indian talent and achievements in road related activities

  • • A Reception for the participants in the 1st Indo-Nepal Friendship Motor Car Rally and an impressive Vintage Car display on the occasion

  • Meeting of Chief Secretaries of States and Transport Commissioners in April 2015 to review the Status of Road Safety activities as required for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety

  • •Participated in Annual Road Safety Week of the MoRT&H – Seminar organized on “Status of Road Safety and Safe Mobility Initiatives in India” (2015) and “Road Safety – Time for Action” (2016). Apart from participated in the Inaugural Walkathon flagging off the Road Safety Week, the IRF has also collaborated in arranging a Cyclothon

  • International Road Federation – International Collaborative Centre for Mitigation of Traffic Injuries (IRF-ICMOT). This is an initiative that IRF has recently undertaken to train trainers and drivers of heavy commercial vehicles through a specially designed course of enhanced first aid training. Around 10,000 drivers are expected to be trained by March 31st, 2016

  • • Identification and rectification of Black Spots