NA panel wants traffic laws revised

NA panel wants traffic laws revised

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ISLAMABAD: Days after the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Khalid Shamim Wynne died in a road accident, the parliamentary panel on Monday called for revising road safety rules and laws.

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Communications met at the National Transport Research Centre (NTRC) office with MNA Muzammil Qureshi in the chair.

The committee advised the administration that after revision of laws a briefing on it should be prepared for the meeting of the committee.

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During the meeting, the committee was told that the NTRC had completed five types of research during the fiscal year 2016-17 at a cost of Rs5 million.

The committee directed that the research reports should be shared with members of the panel so that its recommendations can be reviewed and incorporated in new legislative proposals.

Lawmakers were further told that the National Highway Safety Ordinance 2000, was being revised.

The committee directed that all laws and rules relating to roads should be revised extensively.

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Members of the committee were told that the PWD had twice received the total budget for building a water tank for NTRC but had failed to complete the project. The committee directed the PWD to submit its report in this regard. Moreover, PWD officials, including the director general, were directed to attend next meeting of the panel to explain the poor performance.

Officials of the National Highways and Motorway Police told the committee that out of the 24 recommendations made by the committee, the department had implemented 20 of them.

The remaining four recommendations, officials explained, were in the process of implementation. The committee, though, expressed its dissatisfaction over the closure of the service area on M-1 near the Indus River.

They also directed that the officials from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government be invited to attend the next meeting of the panel to give their input on the development of Gilgit-Chitral road. 

Courtesy The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2018.

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