NGO welcomes SC verdict

March 05, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:40 am IST - MUMBAI:

The SaveLIFE Foundation has welcomed the Supreme Court’s judgment, making it binding on all States and Union Territories to implement the good Samaritans guidelines notified by the Centre protecting good Samaritans, who help road accident victims, from police harassment and hospital procedures.

Hailing the apex court verdict as landmark, Piyush Tewari, founder and chief executive officer of SaveLIFE Foundation, said: “This is a big day for India. The public need not fear any harassment or intimidation for helping an injured person on the road.” Mr Tewary said though notified by the Centre, most States were treating the good Samaritans guidelines merely as an advisory, but now, non-compliance of the guidelines will be treated as contempt of court, making these guidelines and standard operating procedures as good as a law.

“The onus is now on State governments and Union Territories to ensure implementation of these guidelines,” he said in a statement

The apex court’s decision will also help quicker reporting of fatal accidents, and possibly reach medical help to accident victims faster. “It is a good decision. People were scared and cagey about helping accident victims due to long police procedures, and hospital procedures. The guidelines will ensure that good Samaritans will not be scared to help people in distress. It will undoubtedly help the Zero Fatality Corridor initiative taken up by Maharashtra,” said RL Mopalwar, Managing Director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, which has partnered with SaveLIFE Foundation to launch a pilot project to make the Mumbai-Pune Expressway a zero fatality corridor.

India ranks among the top 10 countries with the highest fatality rate in road accidents, and accounts for 10 per cent of road crash fatalities globally.

States and UTs to implement the good Samaritans guidelines notified by the Centre

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