Monday, 27 February 2012
Crash course for India's roads
Experts from across the world have gathered at the new College of Traffic Management in Delhi, India, for a capacity development workshop on crash investigation. The meeting, supported in part through a grant from the Road Safety Fund, was organised by the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) which has established and manages the College in Faridabad.
Speakers at the workshop on 23-24 February included the President of IRTE, Rohit Baluja; GK Pillai, a former Home Secretary of India (above); Dr Jeffrey P. Michael, Associate Administrator with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Dr Nata Menadbe, WHO Representative to India; and Robert Novak of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Sessions included forensic investigation of crash sites, law enforcement, data management, emergency response and a presentation on Global NCAP, a Fund-supported initiative, by Rita Cuypers of the FIA Foundation. The mainly Indian audience reviewed best practice from a wide range of countries including Austria, Cambodia, the UK and the US, companies such as Bosch, and organisations including the International Road Federation and TISPOL, as well as hearing from several Indian practioners in law, trauma care, the police and crash investigation.