An Unwanted Title: India's Growth Rate is the Envy of the World

This article presents an overview of the transportation environment in India, focusing on the traffic safety issues resulting from the country’s rapid economic growth and the ensuing increase in congestion on India’s road network. Another factor that is predicted to worsen congestion is the development of the Nano, referred to as the world’s cheapest car. As the country currently only has one percent vehicle ownership, the Nano is expected to increase car ownership while supposedly offering a safer ride than a motorcycle. The article describes the highway network, which, while the largest in the world, is inadequately maintained. Additional areas of concern included poor traffic discipline and education, poor level of traffic enforcement, and mixed traffic, with non-motorized traffic conflicting with fast traffic. The article concludes with a discussion on the need for the adoption of road safety programs focusing on areas such as helmet laws, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and alcohol-impaired drivers.


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  • Accession Number: 01095743
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2008 7:31AM