Private firm to check vehicle fitness in Sindh as govt lacks expertise

June 16, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: In Pakistan, there is no any institute to check unfit vehicles as per global standards for issuing vehicle fitness certificate. Sindh urban transportation project for vehicle fitness would be outsourced to private company to implementation of rules and regulation issued by Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority’ (OGRA) and Supreme Court directives. A campaign will be commenced by Sindh Transport Department from first fasting day of this Ramdhan to visit all CNG pumps to stop vehicles fitted with substandard gas cylinders on roads.

These views were presented by Sindh Transport Department’s Secretary Taha Siddiqui while speaking at one day workshop on Safety Rules and Procedure of CNG Transport organized by Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project at a local hotel on Wednesday.

CNG Stations Owners Associations of Pakistan’s Chairman Malik Khuda Bux, SIU Sindh PAKSTRAN’s Manger Yar Mohammad, NED University’s Urban Infrastructure and Transportation Department’s Prof Dr Shabar Ali, Federal Ministry of Communications’ Director Hamid Akhtar and others attended the program.

Taha said it is important for the Sindh Transport Department to ensure safe and secure transportation for the commuters. He said three projects have been approved by Sindh government to improve urban transport system. He said Yellow Line, Red Line and Green line will be functional in Karachi soon.

He said the traffic signals should be installed to check traffic jams. He said Sindh Transport Department is given another responsibility to check the vehicle fitness and issue them fitness certificates from December 2014. He said we have planned to work on this project thorough public-private partnership as we lack required expertise.

Taha said we don’t have issue with CNG use but unfit vehicles are threat for every commuter so the all stockholders should play their role to implement rules and regulation. He said OGRA has issued new safety and security law and insisted transport department to implement them.

Malik Khuda Bux urged Sindh government to reduce the CNG load shedding in Sindh province as the province is producing 71% of gas. He said CNG stations are unable to implement laws regarding expired gas cylinders in vehicles due to rush of vehicles but it is very important to ensure that gas cylinders older than five years are not fitted in public transport vehciles. He said it is dire need to speared awareness among the CNG users and commuters about expired CNG cylinders. He said expired gas cylinders are like ticking bombs attached to vehicle which could explode any time.

Dr Shabar said they are holding a study at NED university of Engineering and Technology in collaboration with the transport department to improve this sector.

He said they are focusing on three main components of transportation policy including affordability, effectiveness and environmental safety.

National Forum for Environment and Health president Naeem Qureshi also spoke.