In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari said that a total of 3,66,138 road accidents occurred in India during 2020. He said that this is less than the 4,37,396 road accident cases registered last year.
Gadkari said there were 2,721 accidents due to red beacon violations. The use of mobile phones while driving resulted in 6,753 accidents, while a total of 62,738 accidents were registered due to other reasons. The minister said that 8,355 road accidents were caused by drunken driving, while 20,228 accidents were caused by driving on the wrong side during the year 2020.
Gadkari said 56,204 challans were issued for drunken drivers in 2020, while the number of such cases is much less in 2021 when only 48,144 challans were issued for similar violations.
As far as levying fines for traffic rule violations is concerned, Uttar Pradesh has collected the highest number of fines last year. Uttar Pradesh collected Rs 447 crore as fine, Haryana Rs 326 crore, Rajasthan Rs 267 crore and Bihar Rs 258 crore.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) collected toll tax of Rs 27,744 crore during 2020-21. The collection from April to December last year stood at Rs 24,989 crore.
Replying to another question, Gadkari said that under the Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification and Maintenance) Policy, 2015, 244.68 lakh saplings have been planted in 869 National Highway projects with a length of 51,178 km till December 2021.
Gadkari said the government earned Rs 1,636 crore in 2020-21 by issuing national permits. The new National Permit System has been made effective with a notification dated 7th May, 2010 under Section 88(14) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.