No airbags in high priced vehicles are always faced with criticism by Pakistanis. So, recently the Government of Pakistan has decided to implement the international vehicle safety standards in the country.
According to reports, Pakistan has endorsed the United Nations agreement on “Adoption of Harmonized Technical Nations Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment, and Parts which may be fitted and/or used on Wheeled Vehicles and therefore the Conditions for Reciprocal Recognition of Approvals Granted on the idea of those UN Regulations, approved at Geneva on March 28, 1958.”
Vision and Implementation of vehicle safety standards
In April 2020 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) signed this agreement but it was brought into the light to the Ministry of Industries and Production (MoIP) on 18th June.
Previous Governments realized that Pakistani manufactured cars are far behind in safety and quality standard paralleled to international and regional car markets.
In order to deal with this situation Government planned the Auto Development Policy from 2016-2021, in which the implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) WP.29 guidelines will take place.
The UNECE is world recognized governing body; the creation of this platform is to apply rules and guidelines concerning motor tools and motor vehicles.
One of the officials from the Engineering Development Board (EDB) revealed to media that the government has adopted WP.29 regulations, and the Ministry of Industries and Production is talking to the automobile industry along with other stakeholders to implement the new vehicle safety standards policy in Pakistan.
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The newly introduced vehicle safety standards policy is very important for drivers and other passengers as in Pakistan there is no concept of airbags but little. Companies are selling vehicles at a very high price but without any safety measures, that is why local manufacturers of the automobile industry face lots of criticism from their consumers.
Despite the fact that this is an excellent step but the implementation of the new policy will be very challenging for both the manufacturer and regulatory body. Hopefully, the government will succeed in implementing international safety standards and save more lives.
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