Have you ever driven your vehicle without abusing some good person on the road in India? I think I never found such a good opportunity because either some vehicle driver would change his lane without indicating or the two wheeler rider would overtake your car from the wrong side and when he overtakes, you get that sinking feeling and you feel like telling the guy that god just granted him a new life. For the motorcyclist, it’s kind of a victory (Oh! I afforded to drive so nicely). And in my city the most common situation is that the lights are green but some respectable people are talking and crossing the road and if you try to disturb the important talking sessions by hawking them to get aside because its green light they will end up abusing or even fighting – The sole opinion that comes to my mind is weren’t they taught about the traffic rules when at school.
Yes! I live in Chandigarh where the police is super active and I love them for this. The problem in Chandigarh is that people here are impatient and they end up motoring in a wrong way altogether by applying all the witty driving tricks. But in the end they have to abide by the conventions while applying all the tricks because traffic police is present on almost every crossing- Intelligent people we are! Only then I can well imagine some other cities where the traffic police hardly exists, what would be the state of affairs?
Well! I have visited a large number of cities in Punjab the situation is the worst in that state. In Punjab they say “agar yha chala dali to tum kahi bhi chala sakte ho” (If you were able to drive in Punjab, you can drive in any city). Yeah! If you were able to handle all these things together like driving your car, saving the old lady who from somewhere came in front of you and when you were struggling to save that old lady from somewhere a herd of cows came in to welcome you to their city. The state of affairs is at its worst in Punjab because such a driving is embedded in the very genes of the Punjabi people.
We need to find a solution to this problem people are going wrong; yes they are, but why? One major reason can be lack of knowledge; another can be the no matter attitude and also no authority over us Indians because “Hum laton ke bhoot baton se nai mante”. But have you ever thought that why do the Americans, Canadians, English men and masses from various other developed countries follow all the rules? Did you come up with these words like civilized, literate and various others? They follow the rules, firstly, because of the authorities. Secondly, because they are challaned heavily if they break the rules. Thirdly, they have been sticking to the rules from generations together patience is imbedded in them today. We Indians are extremely impatient when it comes to driving. I have conceived of some ideas and they are:-
WHAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO?
1. Imparting practical knowledge
Practical knowledge should be imparted at all the levels in school regarding traffic rules and why following them is important because children are the future of the country. The knowledge imparted should in no way be theoretical, it should be all the more practical.
2. Proper rules for license exam
When giving a license, a strict test should take place we can take up the rules like those followed in various developed countries of the world. Separate levels of driving tests should be set and accordingly tests should be taken. The test should be such that people get to know about the practical rules of traffic.
3. Hefty challans
I know when I use this word many of you would say that this will lead to corruption, but in the end rules will be followed. Besides, we humans more or less love one thing, and that is money and when we have to pay it in any form, we lean to adopt patterns.
4. Electronic Challans
The Challans should be cut in such a way that the traffic police and the person who has broken the rules do not come in contact with each other because that is the point basically where corruption takes place. For Example- On my trip to Kerala the taxi driver was not driving fast because he knew that there was some electrical system deployed and if he increases he drives fast, the challan would reach at his place. On the contrary a driver in Chandigarh would drive slow only when he knows that on this particular road police check post is there.
5. Active traffic police
The traffic police should be active all over India and not just Chandigarh, the resident of every city has a right to safe ride.
6. License for human pulled vehicles
In India we have human pulled vehicles like that of rickshaw and cycles. The riders of such vehicles should also know the traffic rules and since most of them are illiterate they don’t know the traffic rules. Consequently, some license or some basic test should be there that introduces them to the traffic patterns.
WHAT WE CAN DO?
We cannot expect everything from the government. We are the citizens of this nation and we owe a great deal to our country, Can we take a pledge that we will accompany all the traffic rules that we know and also try to know more about them.
WHAT NISSAN IS DOING?
The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., conducts the Nissan Safety Driving Forum (NSDF) in India as part of its safety driving promotion activities. This year, NSDF would reach 8 new cities – Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Vadodara, Nagpur, Chennai, Mangalore and Kochi. The overall reach and engagement levels have phenomenally grown and NSDF has effectively reached close to 2 lakh citizens. Kuddos to Nisan for such an initiative. To know more read here