IRF supports Pakistan’s national road safety campaign
Geneva, Switzerland – Supporting an intiative of new member the National Highways Authority of Pakistan, the IRF attended a one-day national road safety seminiar which marked the launch of Pakistanâ€™s national road safety campaign. During the seminar, supported by IRF members 3M and the World Bank, IRF Geneva/ Brussels Director General, Tony Pearce, presented EU policies in the field of road safety and lessons Pakistan could learn.
Muhammad Shamim Siddiqui, Federal Minister of Communication, announced the creation of a National Road Safety Secretariat and the re-vitalising of the National Road Safety Council, with immediate effect.
The World Bank, Siddiqui said, has agreed to extend possible assistance for a multi-sectoral road safety project that will be established. Addressing the participants, Siddiqui said the government was giving priority to changing the road user’s behaviour by engineering, persuasion and enforcement. A particular target for road safety efforts will be the N-5 corridor.
The Chairman of the National Highway Authority, Major General Farrukh Javed, Secretary Communication, Tariq Mehmood, Inspector General Motorway Police, Ahmed Nasim and other senior officials of the communication ministry and highway authority also attended the seminar.