The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified the constitution of National Road Safety Board with new rules on 3rd September 2021. These rules clearly lay down the provisions regarding the composition of the board, eligibility for its chairman and members, selection process, period of term, procedure for resignation and removal, powers and functions of the board and meetings of the board, etc.
The head office of the Board shall be located in the National Capital Region and it may establish offices at other places in India. The Chairman shall be appointed on the Board, whose number may be not less than three, while the maximum may be up to seven members. They will be appointed by the central government.
The board will be responsible for road safety, promoting innovation and adoption of new technology and regulating traffic and motor vehicles. For this purpose, inter alia, the Board shall:-
(a) to formulate specific standards for road safety, traffic management and road construction for hilly areas; (b) to lay down guidelines for capacity building and skill development for traffic police, hospital authorities, highway authorities, educational and research organizations and other organisations; (c) to prepare guidelines for the establishment and operation of trauma facilities and para-medical facilities for the consideration of the Central Government.
To provide technical advice and assistance to the Central Government, State Governments and local authorities on road safety and traffic management;
(a) encouraging people to help in distress; (b) to promote good practices in road safety and traffic management;
(c) promotion of new vehicle technology in the field of vehicle engineering; (d) coordination with international organizations; and (z) enhance the continuity between international technical standards and domestic technical standards.
Db1. To conduct research to improve road safety, traffic management, accident investigation.