Commitment on Road User Safety

ESG Policies and Commitments

(Oriental InfraTrust)

Commitment on Road User Safety

OIT endorses the United Nations Agenda 2030 and is committed to achieve SDG Goal (3.6) to reduce road injuries and deaths in line with the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2020-2030) and adopts the guiding principles set by UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) coordinated by World Health Organization (WHO).

OIT shall not compromise safety in the desire for faster transportation and adopt a safe system approach to proactively manage Road Traffic Safety (RTS) risk to its employees, sub-contractors and road users with a purpose of saving lives, reduce loss of productivity and demonstrate our commitment to both safety and social responsibility. OIT’s approach to RTS risk management will anticipate human errors and adopt remedies for continuous improvement.

OIT in line with the UN’s Global Plan for Road Safety meets the responsibility of the private sector by influencing its employees, contractors and road-users for adhering to the five pillars for action for road safety advocated by UNSRC. OIT’s specific commitments are as follows:

Road Safety management System

  • OIT shall adopt a safe system approach which meets requirements of ISO-39001: Road Safety Management System (2012).
  • OIT shall collect data on road accidents and track the road safety performance of its road assets on an annual basis.

Safer Road Infrastructure

  • OIT shall adhere to the design standards, codes, and guidelines on road infrastructure as per its concession agreement. It will positively respond to any upgradation requirements by NHAI for making the roads safer.
  • OIT shall ensure the placement of clear road safety signs, signals and lane markings and delineators as per the approved design of the road.
  • OIT shall carry out periodic third-party Road Safety Audits (RSA) to identify black spots (if any) and act upon the recommendations.
  • OIT shall maintain road signage on speed limits and will use speed calming measures for better compliance to speed limit. It will install intelligent speed assistance system, if necessary, in consultation with NHAI for better enforcement of the speed limits and prevent accidents caused due to over-speeding.

Safer Vehicles

  • OIT shall commit to eliminate the unsafe vehicles that does not meet the safety criteria in Motor Vehicles Act 1958 and guidelines issued by National Road Safety Council (NRSC).
  • OIT shall adopt a safety belt policy, which mandates all vehicles used by its employees and sub-contractors to have functional safety belts.
  • OIT shallspecify the vehicle safety levels to be adhered to for procurement of new vehicles and vehicles supplied or used by its sub-contractors.

Safer Road Users

  • OIT shallcommit to spread awareness about various guidelines about road user safety and will carry out road safety campaigns.
  • OIT shallprovide training to its employees on traffic rules and defensive driving. The toll booth assistants and other workers deployed in Toll Plazas will be trained on pedestrian safety.
  • OIT shallseek partnerships with Road Traffic Office to strengthen the system of driver licensing and training to improve competence and capacity of drivers.
  • OIT shallspecifically focus on vulnerable road users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorized two-wheeler riders, non-motorized handcarts, animal drawn carts and cycle rickshaw riders, and the differently abled) in road-safety campaigns.
  • OIT shalldemonstrate its commitments on road safety by prohibiting its employees and drivers on alcohol consumption, driving fatigue and distracted driving (use of personal electronic devices).
  • OIT shallensure that the motorized two-wheeler riders among its employees and sub-contractors use certified helmets.

Efficient Post Crash Response

  • OIT shallprovide efficient life-saving ambulance services and first aid by a paramedic to road accident victims and coordinate with trauma care centers.
  • OIT shallcommit to provide first aid-training to its patrolling staff and build response capabilities among lay responders particularly around the black spot and accident-prone locations and make them aware about ‘good Samaritan law’.
  • OIT as part of its social responsibility shallcollaborate with local traffic and police personnel to undertake capacity building for undertaking multi-disciplinary post-crash investigation and accuracy in recording information on road accidents.