WIAA to study reasons for mishaps on highways to Mumbai

With highways to Mumbai witnessing a spate of accidents, Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) has decided to seek help from mother enterprise Federation of International Automobiles (FIA) to study reasons.

WIAA has sought FIA advanced equipment to study geometry of Mumbai-Pune Expressway and Mumbai-Goa Highway to find accident-prone spots.

The survey "van" would be taken to the two highways that recorded many accidents last year. Equipped with more than 12 cameras managed by an FIA engineer, the van will record road conditions and accident spots.

WIAA said there were 4,97,676 road accidents recorded in 2011, of which 1,42,485 caused fatalities. In 2010, there were 1.20 lakh fatalities.

"After the survey, we will assess improvements to avert accidents and save lives. Recommendations would be submitted to CM on February 7 when the FIA president is scheduled to visit Mumbai," said Nitin Dossa, chairman of WIAA.

He said the survey was part of Road Safety Week, which would be extended to a full year.

Dossa said the government and WIAA would conduct training sessions for commercial drivers once a month, check them for fitness and run fitness certification programmes for vehicles during the year.

"ICICI Lombard will help us. We will put our demands before the government to curb accidents," he said.

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