About IRTE

The Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE), established 31 years ago as a not-for-profit research organisation, is the country’s premier resource towards capacity building in all domains of traffic management and road safety.

IRTE has been training police officers (both for Indian Police Services & State Police Service), officials of the Army, Navy and Airforce, Para Military Forces, newly Recruited Judges, Highway & PWD Engineers, Driver Trainers and drivers, Transport Officials, Motor Licensing Officers across India.

Since its inception, IRTE has delivered several important initiatives which have received national recognition from the Indian Government as well as the corporate sector. These research based initiatives include the Traffic Enforcement Vehicles – Interceptor, Mobile Crash Investigation & Road Safety Research Laboratory – CrashLab, the School Conclave programme for imparting road safety education in schools, the National Highway Road Safety Literacy programme, Journey Risk Management JRM ,Student Traffic Volunteers Scholarship Scheme, the bottom-up approach in interactive driver training systems, amongst many others.

IRTE has been conferred with many National and International Awards, including the first National Road Safety Award in 2000, by the Government of India and The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (2001), presented to IRTE, the first time outside of the United Kingdom.

IRTE is a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and Towards Zero Foundation. IRTE has earned a Roster Consultative Status from the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2010. IRTE has also been participating at the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP1) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as an Observer. The IRTE and UNECE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Geneva on the occasion of the 76th session of the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety to promote road safety in India and South East Asia.

In 2010 IRTE established the COLLEGE OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT (CTM) which has been recognized as the Centre of Excellence in Road Safety for Southeast Asia.

COLLEGE OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT (CTM) https://www.irte.com/about-ctm

Training

The IRTE has:

  • Imparted post-license training to over 8,00,000 Commercial Vehicle drivers with Pre & Post assessments.
  • Training of IPS Officers (Probationers of the SVP National Police Academy) in Traffic Management since 2001.
  • Conducted 85 courses for BPR&D, Ministry of Home Affairs for Police Officers in the subject of Accident Investigation.
  • Conducted 50 courses for Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in Traffic Management & Road Accident Investigation for Road Transport officers Highway Engineers and Police.
  • Conducted 11 courses in Traffic Management & Accident Investigation for Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Tanzania including the support from the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Conducted training for Traffic Police in 65 cities Under the Road to Safety initiative which was launched by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Transport Minister in 2014. Been conducting training of Military Police of India Army, Air Force and Navy since 2008.
Legal Instruments:
  • Dr. Rohit Baluja is the Observer for South East Asia at the United Nation's Global Forum for Road Safety (WP-1). By virtue of our experience the IRTE supported The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, towards the drafting of the Motor Vehicles (Driving) Regulations 2017 on a pro-bono basis.
  • IRTE had been requested by the United Nations Global Forum to support the Forum towards the development of Code of Safe Practice for the use of Powered Two Wheelers for the South East Asian Region.
  • IRTE in partnership with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has developed the Draft Code of Practice for Safe Taxi Operation in India as well as the Draft Policy for the Safety of Transporting School Children in all modes of Transport.
Programs

IRTE other Landmark programmes include

Student Traffic Volunteers Scholarship Scheme (STVS).

This was the first scheme which enrolled College students to participate in traffic management with the police and being awarded a fee which would help them to continue education. Awarded the Prince Michael International Award in London in 2001 recognising the unique initiative.

School Conclave

Teachers Training Program for road safety in schools. IRTE has developed a module and methodology, to teach road safety education through the Pre-existing subjects of the curriculum. Such education should therefore respect the NCERT principles of Cognitive, Content, Historical, Environmental and Ethical validity. The education must also refer to the current prevailing conditions.

Journey Risk Management (JRM)

This programme was initiated with the call from the Oil industry to bring safety to their transportation. A comprehensive audit of the roadway system, taking also into consideration the FIR's of serious and fatal crashes, engineering shortcomings, road user behaviour and supported by all facilities and systems available along the route.

Highway Literacy Program

This was developed primarily for the NHAI, to bring a system of road safety education for the villages along national and state highways. This would be done based upon safety audits, suggesting engineering improvements and also training the police along the route.

Towards Responsible Youth

University Students Awareness Programme in Road Safety has been initiated to create awareness amongst university students in Driving Regulations, Techniques of Defensive Driving, Importance of Seat Belts, helmets and the dangers of drunken driving.

Adoption of Cities & Highways
  • On the invitation of Dr. Kiran Bedi, Hon, Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, the IRTE adopted the Union Territory of Pondicherry for capacity building of road safety management from October 2018 to May 2020. Our contribution which was supported by the Diageo India Ltd, was aimed at training of police and highway engineers, conducting road safety audits, development of road accident data base and devising an enforcement strategy. This has resulted in a reduction of rad accident fatalities of over 21% in the calendar year 2019.
  • The IRTE and the Haryana Police signed a MoU in 2019, towards IRTE's adoption of the 183 kms National Highway 44 (Delhi to Ambala) on a pro-bono basis, as well as for training the trainers of police in the domain of road safety management and accident investigation.
  • With ideology of Safe Systems Approach, IRTE developed a sustainable safety enabling plan for the NH corridor- 276 km from Shambhu Border (Ambala) to Wagah Border (Amritsar)