Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) president Rohit Baluja exuded little confidence in such penalties without professional training of the traffic police and scientific road engineering because "over 30 percent of accidents happen due to road failure".
A National Crime Records Bureau report says 34.3 percent - or 137,423 - of accidental deaths in 2013 happened due to road accidents.
"Fines should be increased.
But they are meaningless unless the road environment, including its geometry and traffic engineering, is also improved according to the law," Baluja
said road safety, however, does not always suffer due to untrained drivers but often because of poorly defined lanes and inappropriate road signage that confuse pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.
president also called for improving road engineering standards, regular road repairs and scientific traffic management that will serve the purpose only when traffic constables implementing the law are also well trained.
"There is no training of traffic police here.
While issuing challans (tickets), they may not even have full knowledge of traffic rules and violations.
They need to be trained to understand what can be categorized as violation," Baluja
explained, based on his
experience as a trainer for Indian Police Service officers as well as traffic