In order to control accidents on National Highway & Motorways, the launching ceremony of National Road Safety Plan was held at National Highway Authority, Headquarters here today. Federal Secretary Communications/Chairman, National Highway Authority, Mr. Shahid Ashraf Tarar, Senior Advisor Law, Wafaqi Mohtasib, Hafiz Ahsan Ahmed Khokhar, I.G(National Highway & Motorway Police), Mr. Shaukat Hayat, Joint Secretary Ministry of Communications, Altaf Asghar and Senior Officers from Ministry of Communications and NHA, NH&MWs Police and Transport departments participated. The salient features of the National Road Safety Plan include Revival of National Road Safety Secretariat, Black Spot identification and its removal, Treatment of high crash risk locations, Road Safety Awareness campaigns, Establishment of Driving Licensing Authority, Establishment of Driver’s Training Institutions, Construction of Emergency Response Centers, Technological Solutions for user information, and Minor Road Safety Treatments.
A detailed briefing was also given on National Road Safety Plan which included the affairs of provision of funds, Road Safety Action Plan, Planning of National Highway & Motorways, their designing, Overloading, Issuance of Driving licenses, Training of drivers, implementation of road safety rules & regulations and trauma centres facilities.
Addressing the ceremony Mr. Shahid Ashraf Tarar said, control of accidents on National Highways and Motorways is a challenge for us. It is satisfying that a National Road Safety Plan (NRSP) has been finalized with the consultation of all the stakeholders. In order to check accidents, their causes require to be identified, so that precious gift of life could be preserved to every possible extent. NHA will extend all support to reduce the menace of accidents on roads, he added.
Throwing light on functioning of the Wafaqi Mohtasib, Hafiz Ahsan Ahmed Khokhar said, no considerable work was done in the field of Road Safety during the previous years. It is encouraging, he said, that a NRSP has been chalked out with the cooperation of the stakeholders, which is being launched today. He said, international quality motorways are being constructed in the country under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the need is to make internation standard road safety arrangements on these motorways. He stressed upon the need of establishing close working relationship among the stakeholders of the National Road Safety Plan for achieving better results.
Expressing satisfaction on launching of National Road Safety Plan Mr. Shaukat Hayat termed road accidents a social problem in which about 25000 people are killed every year besides economic loss of millions. He assured that National Highway & Motorway Police will undertake concrete steps for control on road crashes.
President All Pakistan Car Carrier Association Mr. Imdad Hussain Naqvi stressed upon need of giving Goods Transport the status of an industry. He desired an effective system for issuance of Driving Licenses and training of the drivers.