Traffic Indiscipline in India


After a gap of 2 years, I got a chance to drive in Hyderabad. I must say it was as difficult as it used to be since people drive as if they are the only one driving on the road. Hyderabadis (in general) know no traffic rules unless there is a cop in sight, sometimes they ignore him as well. I guess the same can be said for most of the Indian cities.

When I used to work in Hyderabad, it was common people discussing in office how they nearly escaped (or sometimes even got injured) from an accident on a frequent basis. This reminds me of ‘Roads are filled with idiots‘ Ceat tyre advertisements on TV (this and this). It’s unfortunate but very true that most of our cities are filled with such people who drive recklessly and put others life in danger along with their own. No wonder India tops the list in number of road accident fatalities in world. During the year 2009, there were around 4.9 lakh road accidents, which resulted in deaths of 1,25,660 people and injured more than five lakh persons in India. The official number of deaths increased in 2010 to 1.3 lakh and if government reports are to be believed, most of the accidents were caused due to driver negligence.

Fortunately if you live in Delhi, you get to learn some road discipline unless you love paying fines and don’t mind trips to jail every now and then. Traffic discipline situation is not ideal in Delhi however it’s far better compared to other Indian cities.

Who do you think is responsible for this situation?

Doesn’t matter how safely you drive, if others on road do not, you are not safe.