In an effort to promote safe driving, Indian lawmakers assembled in New Delhi on Saturday to participate in a vintage car rally, which was flagged off by Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.
India's roads are among the worlds most dangerous, claiming thousands of lives each year. Cows and elephants rub shoulders with sleek foreign-made sports cars on highways across the country.
After inaugurating the rally, Hamid Ansari was hopeful that the rally would encourage better driving sense among the people of Delhi.
"If due to this rally, residents of Delhi can learn traffic rules, it would really be great," said Ansari.
Dressed in casual attires, the lawmakers were in candid mood as the rally got underway.
Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shahnawaz Hussain, lauded the cause for which the rally was organised.
"More than 100,000 people die because of accidents every year in the country and to create awareness, under the aegis of Rajiv Pratap Rudy (lawmaker of the BJP) this event is happening. We have also seen that some big leaders have also died in road accidents. So to create awareness this vintage car rally is being organised here. I believe that people of the country will be informed because of this rally. This is a great step and as lawmakers run the country, they could drive cars also," said Hussain.
Congress Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal said that the participants needed to adhere to the rules of traffic to win the rally.
"This rally highlights the advantages of safe driving. In this rally, who drives the fastest will not be first, but one who adheres to the rules will emerge victorious. In such events, lawmakers also get a chance to meet outside the parliament. So this rally is being organised to increase safety measures on roads and decrease the number of accidents," said Jindal. (ANI)