Pakistan holds the 6th largest population in the world and has a good amount of road network to facilitate the citizens, but unfortunately, we never laid down policies to uplift the road safety in the country. However, now things are transforming.
The government has launched country’s first ever National Road Safety Strategy (2018-2030) which will make sure road travel to be safe and as per the international standards.
It’s a long-term policy which will be fully implemented by 2030. The significant actions will be taken regarding;
- Use of helmets and seat belts
- Enhancing the safety standard of roads
- Improving conditions of vehicles
- Implementing higher standards for driver licensing especially for commercial vehicles
- Running various awareness campaigns
- Access to high-quality emergency medical services to the victims of road accidents.
UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) will provide the necessary technical assistance in supervising and implementing the policy while the Asian Development Bank has come forward with a grant for the purpose.
On the occasion, The State Minister for Communications, Murad Saeed said: “ we will give Pakistan a modern road network within our 5 years tenure.” He also added that the government will check the progress of policy implementation every six months and will make sure that the pedestrians, motorcyclists and 4 wheel drivers follow the guidelines and be safe.
Almost 3000 people die in Pakistan every year due to fatal road accidents while there are plenty of those who suffer severe injuries. Traffic Police Lahore is on a strict campaign against the bikers wearing no helmets; however, there is a need to support the laws and policies with the required legislation which we lack until now.
It’s very commendable that the government is thinking on correct lines with the introduction of Pakistan’s first road safety policy; however, there is a need to implement the policy in true spirit with a focus on ground realities.