[pib] Youth Road Safety Learners License Programme

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development & management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Youth Road Safety Learners License programme

Mains level: Measures to curb fatalities of Road Accidents in India


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Youth Road Safety Learners License Programme

  1. Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways has launched the YRSL programme in New Delhi.
  2. The programme is a PPP initiative to be run in collaboration with Diageo India and the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE).
  3. Rash driving, drunken driving, lack of adequate safety measures like not wearing helmets are some of the major factors resulting in high road accidents.
  4. It attempts to bring a formal and structured training program for young, first-time drivers as they apply for learner’s license.

Road Accident Fatalities in India

  1. India accounts for 12.5 per cent (over 1.45 lakh fatalities a year) of global road accidents, with one road accident occurring every four minutes.
  2. Alarmingly, 72 per cent victims involved in such road mishaps are between the age groups of 15-44 years with speeding, reckless.
  3. Drunk driving is the top reason accounting for 5 per cent of road traffic accidents and 4.6 per cent of fatalities.
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