With the help of FIA since second Road Safety Week and some social and private companies in Nepal; NASA conduct different types of Road Safety programs in continuously. Swantantra Abhiyan Nepal along with Road Safety Forum Nepal, Surakshit Yatra Abhiyan and Institute of Automotive Engineers (IAE) are call for Road Safety Week starting from 6-22 May 2017. Various events were conducted as a part of the Road Safety Week Celebration.
Every year the lives of approximately 1million people are cut short as a result of High Speed. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries; with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury about 1.25 million people die each year. So, UN gives more importance to Speed Management this year.
Due to local level election in Nepal we celebrate this program from 6th to 22nd May. In all the programs organized by NASA foundation we got a good support from above mentioned organization along with Nepal Traffic police, local political party and Road Safety Alliance.
The week celebration started with:
- 5th May –Dhulikhel, Damak & Sindhuli:
This year we start Road Safety Week from city just near from Kathmandu. We started empowerment rally just around city. In rally students, teachers, parents and local leaders were participated. Rally was started by Mr. Niraj Khadka (Member of NASA), Ms. Namrata Shrestha (Member of NASA foundation) and leaders of Nepal Police. HISSAN Kavre, District Police office and other local organization give huge support for rally. After rally we conduct inter school Road Safety Quiz Contest which includes reasons of road accident, ways of controlling, Slow down & Road Safety, role of young student to minimize road accident etc. We distribute books and playing material which include road safety knowledge as a prize for winner of Quiz Contest. Road Safety Rally distributing brochure, pamphlets, and kits was organized at Damak & Sindhuli. A walkathon consisting of more than 1000 persons covered most of the area of the city.
- Slow Down Motorcycle Rally:
We start Women Motorcycle Rally from Sano Themi Technical School to Satdobato on early morning of 6th May. All women’s riders of NASA were participating in this Slow down Awareness Rally. There are around 50 Bickers participating in this rally. Before starting rally there was short training regarding role of Slow Down in Road Safety and Speed Management. In same day participates of Slow down Motorcycle Rally work as Volunteers in Racemandu. At the end of rally we launch web page of Female Riders.
- Discussion with policy makers Law/Policy Makers:
Next important program of Road Safety Week is discussion with policy & Law makers which was held in Nepalgung on 13th May. In association with Communication and Human Rights Nepal different political leaders give clear speech in present Law and policy about Speed Management and practice in Nepal. Law makers make clear about present practice of Road Safety. In this program government officer, Human rights worker, Traffic Police, Business organization were present. The entire conclusion after discussion regarding upcoming transport law, road safety working agenda will be handover to local organization.
- National Conference on Speed Management:
National Conference on Speed Management is the most important program for 4th Road Safety Week. This is the most important conference after the first road safety conference which was held in 2016. In first conference we discuss in different topics but in this conference we discuss in single topic which was held in 19th May in Hotel Aryal International with three main working agendas which include Speed Management through Road Design, Vehicle and Speed Management and Speed Management. In that program three major law related working procedure was describe by Mr. Ashish Gajurel (Vice president of Road Safety Forum Nepal), Er. Basudev Timilsena (Board Member- Institute of Automotive Engineers IAE Nepal) and Mr. Thapa(Associate Professor Kathmandu School of Law). Program was conducted by Mrs. Writu Bhatta (Member of Safety Journey Abhiyan) and Mr. Govinda Bhattarai (General Secretary of NASA) as chief guest. Mr. Krishna Dulal (General Secretary of NADA), Engineers of Transport department, representative of Traffic police, political leader of Bhaktapur district talk in above three agenda.
Suggestion from that conference was collected and will be submitted to parliament, office of Transport management and state office. In that conference Santosh Neupane (Secretory of that program) makes promise in front of 50 participates from different sector that this organization will conduct such program in seven states of Nepal next year.
- Conference about Smart City with political Leaders:
This is next program of Road safety week. This program was held in western part of Nepal with local political leaders. In 22nd May Mr. Govinda Bhattarai deliver speech on importance of vehicle management and Road safety in Smart City. All participants of that conference demand with political parties to make this city safer. This might be first conference in Nepal about road safety with candidate. This program was live telecast by Lumbini TV. In that program we discuss about the criteria of Smart City, road and transport facilities & responsibility of political leaders. After discussion we finalize to make road safety mapping in this city. In this program political leaders of CPN UML, Maoist Center and other give their views about road safety and management. President of Tilottama Business Association as chief guest of program and General Secretary of Surakshit Yatra Abhiyan conduct program.
- Signature Campaign on Save Lives # Slow Down
Signature campaign on speed management and slowdown was organized on different parts of Nepal. Peoples of different groups and profession like lawyers, policy makers, youth, students, players, pedestrians etc participate at the signature campaign.
- Promotional Activities & Social Media Campaign
For the promotion of Fourth UN Global Safety Week 2017, NASA make a separate named 'UN Global Road Safety Week Nepal' Facebook page and shared all of its activities through that page. Road Safety Selfie Campaign was also organized on which people take a selfie with road safety poster on background and share it on their respective Facebook accounts.
Two more programs were conducted in this 4th UN Global Road Safety Week.
- Talk program about 'Responsibility of Stakeholder in Road Safety' was conducted in 26th April in Kathmandu and transport minister of Sri Lanka Mr. Ashok Avishigh was the chief guest of the program.
Working agenda was described by Mr. Milan Raj Dharel (representative of Swanatrata Abhiyan) and Mr. Govinda Prasad Bhattrai make clear about list of programs conduct in Road Safety Week. Yam Nath Sharma (UNDP Nepal Office), Loniv Prasai (WHO), Devipriya Hattirachai (Automobile Association of Ceylon), Minmar Lama(Head of Traffic police Nepal) talk about Road Safety Management.
2.Road Safety National Award was distribute to Mr. Rabindra Adhikari(Political leader of Nepal) In April 28 Ashok Avishingh handover cash Rs.11111 and Award. In this Award handover ceremony ambassador of sirlanka, political leaders, position holders of National Road Safety Alliance and 110 other leaders where attending that program.
Singh describe about road safety procedure, Defensive Driving and international Driving Permit. Award holder Adhikari promise to work with NASA and National Road Safety Alliance.