NEW DELHI: The expenditure department of the finance ministry has given its nod for setting up of the National Road
Board, which will be responsible to steer policy-making and implementation to put acheck on road crashes and fatalities.
The green signal has now paved the way for expeditious setting up of the apex statutory entity under the amended
Act. Currently, the road
ministry has a small unit of officials who deal with road safety issues in addition to other responsibilities.
There are hardly any exclusive professionals to carry out research and studies to identify the problems.
Though the board will be an advisory body, it will play a crucial role as it will have technical committees to look into different aspects of safety, ranging from civil engineering to vehicle construction and standards, suggesting recall of motor vehicles and safety equipment.