Initiating the discussion, during a cut motion, Congress legislator from Nongthymmai, Charles Pyngrope compared the situation in the country with that of foreign countries.
Pyngrope pointed out that, driving licences in the state are easily available but in foreign countries, a person who wants to obtain one has to go through stringent tests.
According to him drivers in other parts of the world take tests upto ten times before they become eligible for a driver’s licence.
“By doing so it is not that the department wants to deny one a licence but the aim is to give multiple tests so that a driver knows the rules of driving,” Pyngrope said.
The Congress legislator from Nongthymmai rued that drivers in Shillong adopt no law.
He also said that even the police department do not know the rules.
“Officers must know the rules first before they enforce it on the streets,” Pyngrope added.
Opposition Congress legislator from Nongpoh Mayralborn Syiem, pointed out to the fact that signages in rural roads are written in English.
“Such signages should be in the local language for villagers to understand,” Syiem said.
Zenith M Sangma said that laws should be enforced effectively even as he pointed out to political interference when rules are enforced.
Opposition leader, Dr Mukul Sangma, pointed out to the fact that the National Highway Authority of India, has not responded to suggestions for building foot bridges for pedestrians in the National Highway.
“While driving in good roads at high speed, we should ensure those vulnerable (pedestrians) are taejn care off,” Dr Sangma said.
Meanwhile, the government informed the House that a comprehensive database management system concerning road safety will be developed as crash data is the key source of information for planners, facilitators and researchers.
“To achieve this, we will seek the Centre’s assistance and all concerned departments will invest resources in collection, creation/upgrading data analysis. An IT-enabled National Highway Surveillance will be put in place in collaboration with the Union ministry of road transport and highways,” Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar said.
Stating that the government will take steps to ensure that best practices in planning, design and construction of roads are adopted in the state, he said that a certain percentage of not less than 5 per cent of such project cost could be deployed for road safety measures.
Informing that the government will ensure to adopt the practice of Road Safety Audits, the minister said the audit would be conducted before the design stage.
“The black spots or accident prone areas will be identified on the basis of the intensity and severity of accidents using appropriate indicators, and effective measures to reduce the black spots would be taken,” Dhar added.
Moreover, he said hospitals along the national and state highways would be equipped to provide trauma care and rehabilitation.