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Road Safety


Road Safety Policy

Road Safety

Road Safety Council

Road Safety Fund

Road Safety Measures

Road Safety Week

Interdepartmental Team

Air Quality Management Measures

Emergency Accident Relief Centres (EARC) ( related G.Os )

Compensation to Road Accident Victims

0I Government Orders

II Government Orders ( Emergency Accident Relief Centres )

III Circulars


Road safety

Government considers the SAFETY OF ROAD USERS as an important issue. It would thus be the endeavor of the Government to substantially reduce and prevent accidents and to save precious lives of the traveling public and ensure maximum road safety by effective education, information and communication (IEC) engineering and enforcement measures. 


Tamil Nadu is the first state in the country to have brought out a full-fledged Road safety policy. The Government have formulated and brought out a well laid out Road safety policy with a vision to stop and reverse the increasing trend in the number of accidents, number of deaths, number of injuries through adoption of comprehensive measures covering Engineering, Education, Emergency care and Enforcement. 


The Road safety policy seeks to attain the objective of achieving 20% reduction in fatalities and injuries by 2013 considering 2006 as the base year.
Important activities of the Road Safety Commissionerate


  • Advising the Government on Road Safety Policies to be implemented in the State;

  • Overseeing the functioning of the District Road Safety Councils;

  • Reviewing the data relating to road accidents, taking up the case studies and identifying causes and remedial measures to avert accidents;

  • Suggesting and recommending specific schemes for financial assistance under Road Safety Fund to the Districts and various other agencies including Non- Government Organizations engaged in the task;

  • Expediting relief operations and post- accident remedial measures so that the victims could be timely and suitably assisted; and

  • Controlling the vehicular pollution involving the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board, Police and other Agencies.


Road safety council:

A high level body called ‘State Road safety council’ has been constituted under the chairmanship of Honorable Minister for Transport, which is to advises the Government on all policies and programmes relating to Road safety at the state level. This council also reviews the implementation of various programmes of different departments and forwards its findings to Government for appropriate action. The State Road Safety Council was reconstituted recently in July 2007 with the incorporation of certain additional members from police transport and other departments.


Besides the state road safety council Government have also established District Road Safety councils functioning in each District under the Chairmanship of the District collectors .This council has been entrusted with the job of considering various measures needed to promote road safety, prepare road safety plans with special attention to the accident prone spots/ stretches, maintenance of roads, drivers training, accident analysis, publicity initiatives and efforts, traffic planning, highway patrol, passenger amenities etc. in the Districts. These councils are required to meet at least once a month.

Road safety fund

The Government have also constituted a fund called "the Road safety fund". out of the receipts of compounding fees and spot fines collected by transport/police departments to finance Road safety activities that were not covered under the regular budget. The Road Safety Fund is administered by an Inter -Departmental Committee chaired by the Home secretary. The allocations made to this fund for carrying out various Road safety projects in the past years are as follows:-



 Allocated Amount 


 2.00 Crores


 3.75 Crores


 5.00 Crores


 5.00 Crores


 5.00 Crores


 6.00 Crores


 6.00 Crores


 6.00 Crores


Road safety measures

To prevent road accidents and to save precious lives the strategy of the Government on road safety measures is focused mainly on three major thrust areas. i.e.

(i) Preventive measures;

(ii) Surveillance and detection; and

(iii) Enforcement measures.


Making wearing of helmets compulsory

G.O. Ms. No. 292 Home (Tr.V) Department Dt.22.2.2007

G.O. Ms. No. 1213, Home(Tr.V) Department, Dated: 13.8.2007.


Road Safety Week

Every year, in the first week of January, Road Safety Week is celebrated throughout the State so as to create adequate awareness among School / College students, drivers and all other road users. During the current financial year 2007-2008 Rs.65 lakhs was provided for Road Safety awareness building programmes. Apart from this, workshops for drivers involved in road accidents are also conducted as a measure of their sensitisation and for creating greater awareness in road safety aspects.


Interdepartmental Team – To study fatal accidents.

So far the investigations of the fatal accidents were taken up by the concerned officials of Police, Transport and Highways Department all independently focusing only on their own areas of concern by and large giving importance to the legal requirements and insurance claims repayment perspectives etc. Now in order to follow a holistic approach in each and every individual case of fatal accidents and to analyse the factors which could have contributed to the accidents, an Inter – Departmental Team of officers comprising Police, Transport and Highways departments has been constituted vide G.O. Ms. No. 1420, Home, Dated: 10.10.07. This newly constituted Inter – departmental Team shall visit the accident spot on the same or at the most the very next day, make a comprehensive study from different angles, prepare a detailed report after critically analyzing the data and offer specific information and suggest specific measures, preventive remedial and punitive that may have to be initiated to avert such incidents in future.


Air Quality Management Measures

With the rapid increase in the number of vehicles, the problem of automobile pollution has assumed greater significance. Since the Emission of smoke from Motor Vehicles is a major source of air pollution, specific standards for the permissible limits for such emission have been prescribed in the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and rules made there under Rule 115 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 also requires that all the vehicles which are over one year of age should undergo emission tests every six months. With the above in view Government have authorized 235 Private Emission Testing Centres throughout Tamil Nadu as per rule 116(R) of Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 and have made it mandatory that all the vehicles which come to Regional Transport Offices for any transaction are now compulsorily subjected to ‘Pollution Under Control Certificate’.


Emergency Accident Relief Centres (EARC)

Considering the phenomenal increase in vehicular population also contributing to increased road accidents, 100 Emergency Accident Relief Centres have been established on all the important National and State Highways, to give first aid to the accident victims within the "golden hour" and also to arrange for further treatment through the nearby referral hospitals. Each established centre has an exclusive attached ambulance to respond to the accident cases with essential drugs, paramedical staff and driver available round the clock making it convenient for public to access these centres through a toll free Phone number of 1073.


Out of the 100 centres presently functioning, 64 centres are fully sponsored by Private hospitals, institutions and non-government organisations and 36 centres are partially funded with the financial assistance by Government upto a maximum of Rs. 40,000/- per month per centre. An amount of Rs.1.73 crore has been allotted for running these 36 partially sponsored Emergency Accident Relief centres from the Road safety fund.As a result and due to the timely assistance rendered by these Emergency Accident Relief Centres; so far 16,796 lives have been saved from fatalities during the year 2006 – 2007 alone.


Compensation to Road Accident Victims.

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 provides for payment of compensation to the victims of road accidents with reference to their age, earning capacity, cause of the accident etc. The Act also provides for a minimum amount of compensation irrespective of the fact as to who was at fault. These claims are settled by the Motor Vehicles Accident Claims Tribunals established throughout the State. In addition Under Chief Minister’s Accident Relief Fund an ex-gratia payment is also allowed for the road accident victims and their legal heirs at the following scale:-


Sl. No

Nature of Loss

Compensation in Rupees





Total disability



Loss of one eye or one limb



Other cases



Beside, Hon’ble Chief Minister also sanctions ex-gratia payments for victims and bereaved persons involved in the road accidents traveling in buses belonging to State Transport Undertakings from the Chief Ministers Public Relief Fund.



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