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Following release of the draft Model Road Safety Act, the Ministry of Communications is consulting with Provincial Governments in relation to the reform proposals. In November 2019 members of the project team visited the Provinces of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Balochistan to present and discuss the draft model Act.

Following release of the draft Model Road Safety Act, the Ministry of Communications is consulting with Provincial Governments in relation to the reform proposals. In November 2019 members of the project team visited the Provinces of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Balochistan to present and discuss the draft model Act.

Wide-ranging discussions with Provincial Government officials covered many issues of national and local importance.

AJK

In AJK team members met with Mr. Chaudhry Bashir, Secretary Transport Authority (first photograph) and Mr. Fayyaz Ali Abbasi, Secretary, Transport Department/Senior Member Board of Revenue (second photograph).  Issues discussed included the particular road conditions in AJK and the difficulties of enforcement created by the topography of the Province.

Balchistan

In Balochistan discussions were held with the Mr Saleh Muhammad Baluch, Secretary Transport Department, Mr Qazi Muhammad Ali, Director Excise and Taxation and Ms Roohana Kakar, Secretary, Regional Transport Authority (first photograph) and Nazeer Kurd, Senior Superintendant of Police (Traffic Police) and senior officers (second photograph). Issues discussed covered all aspects of the draft model Act, including current issues in Balochistan.  There was discussion about the use of the draft model Act as a guide to the structure of amending Acts during the period prior to finalisation of the model Act.  Other issues discussed included the introduction and use of new technology for enforcing road laws and the process for testing and examining driver licence applicants and the issuing of driver licences.

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