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NCRB, transport ministry differ on road deaths data, ET Infra


NEW DELHI: Two sets of data published recently by two government agencies – National Crime Records Bureau and ministry of road transport – have widely differed in documenting the number of people killed in road crashes in 2022. The difference is as much as 42%.

A comparison of data shows that in the case of pedestrian deaths, the road transport ministry report said 32,825 lives were lost, which was 32% more than the number of walkers killed as per the NCRB data. But in the case of fatalities of truck occupants, the report said 15,087 died in crashes, which was 42.5% more than what the ministry said.

Discrepancies arise due to limited understanding of field staff: Experts

Even in the case of deaths of occupants of cars, jeeps and other light motor vehicles, the number of fatalities don’t match in the National Crime Records Bureau and ministry of road transport reports. This has once again raised the need to have a proper data collection system in place that can guide the government to take correct policy decisions for interventions to reduce fatalities.

Experts said this will continue until and unless the personnel recording and collecting data are properly trained. “The road transport ministry uses 21 inter-linked formats for annual data collection, but discrepancies arise due to limited understanding of the field staff. There’s inconsistency in counting victim versus accused vehicles, especially in pedestrian incidents, leading to data inaccuracies. The NCRB uses different input methods with CCTNS raw data,” said Navdeep Asija, traffic adviser to the Punjab government.

He added that collaboration between transport and home ministries is essential to standardise data collection methods and address this for a more accurate understanding of road crashes in the country.

The need to train police personnel in recording incidents and investigating crashes was also raised prominently at the recently-held ‘Global Road Safety Initiative’ by UN agencies at the Institute of Traffic Education. Taking note of the issue regarding data, road transport secretary Anurag Jain said the new system of collection of real time road crash data deployed by the ministry – e-Detailed Accident Report (eDAR) – is doing well and matching with police data. This will improve further, he had added.

  • Published On Dec 18, 2023 at 08:22 AM IST

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