Hartwig Schafer, World Bank‘s Vice President for South Asia, said the Indian government in recent years has taken significant steps to address the issues related to road safety.
“For India, it’s one per cent of the world’s vehicles and 10 per cent of the crash victims. This is something where, in particular in India, we have to pay attention,” Schafer told in an interview on the occasion of the release of the report on road safety in New Delhi on Saturday.
While the attention in the last year has shifted due to COVID-19, there is an interesting link between road safety and pandemic right now, he noted.
“Unfortunately, the road crashes have not been going down and any time 10 per cent of the capacity in hospitals is being used for the treatment crash victims,” he said.
Schafer said road crashes actually hit the poorest and the most vulnerable segments of the populations.
“The financial impact of the…