Improved operational safety a must for trucking markets

Cost sensitivity, low barriers to entry and a lack of regulation around trucking make India’s roads dangerous, but there are steps which could be taken to save lives today. By Xavier Boucherat

Poor road safety conditions in India remain a major threat to public health. With the large majority of the country’s freight transported via road, it is clear that the trucking sector has a burden of responsibility in tackling high road fatality rates. Research from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, suggests that trucks are responsible for up to 65% of the 231,000 traffic deaths seen in the country every year. Even with the vast difference in population taken into account, the fatality total far outpaces markets such as the US, where around 40,000 people were killed in 2018.

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