The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday issued an order to enforce these provisions in its bid to “strengthen incident management and enforcement system”. According to the circular, ambulances deployed by the civil contractor or concessionaire must transport accident victims to the nearest medical care centre for treatment without any delay.
The decision to make construction companies and operators responsible for providing prompt ambulance assistance to accident victims makes sense. The step should galvanise them to action and help in saving lives.
It said the ambulance service provider will face Rs 10,000 fine for first instance of such non-compliance; Rs 25,000 for second and Rs 1 lakh for third such instance. NHAI said the third instance of non-compliance will also be “considered as last warning” and thereafter the civil contractor or concessionaire will be liable for action.
The order said the highways authority can even debar companies from bidding for up to six months based on recommendations of the project director or regional officer concerned. The NHAI has also authorised the project directors and regional officers to get ambulances and personnel deployed in them audited by the district health departments to assess the capabilities of incident management system.