Islamabad - Senior Law and Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis to Federal Ombudsman, Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmed Khokhar yesterday directed Ministry of Communications to notify a committee for preparing National Transport Policy (NTP) and National Annual Road Safety Plan (NARSP) for highways and motorways.

The grievance commissioner, on advice of Federal Ombudsman Salman Faroqui, directed that the committee should be consisted of experts and senior offices to finalize workable and effective strategies. He directed that all the relevant Agencies including National Highway Authority (NHA) and Motorways Police should be involved in the process of policies formulation.

He said that best practices of road safety and infrastructure of world should be applied in Pakistan. A mechanism of Monitoring and Evaluation on monthly and quarterly basis for further improving road and safety conditions at NHA in consultation with all stakeholders should also be evolved.

He said that it should include all corrective measures for road safety and improvement of roads infrastructure including facilities, awareness mechanism to commuters and the best practices of world on road safety. The draft report and plan may be submitted to the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat in next 30 days, he said.

Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmed also directed Motorways police to conduct short courses for long vehicles drivers. He stressed the need for providing more facilities commuters at Motorways and Highways especially in case of emergency.

The commissioner directed that online complaint and public feedback mechanism may be established for public at the earliest in the Ministry of Communication, NHA and Motorways Police and complaints be resolved in the minimum possible time.

He also emphasized to enhance projection of the insurance scheme through print and electronic media. Moreover, an SOP in this regard should also be circulated to NH&MP. He directed NHA to ensure that the contractors do not change toll tax without proper notification of the NHA.

He said that a meeting of associations of manufacturers of vehicles and spare parts of Pakistan and officials of Ministry of Communications, Industries and Engineering Board will be called in the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat in next few days to address the issues relating to road accidents.

Hafiz Ahsaan said that the review of the implementation status of recommendations of Federal Ombudsman Secretariat and National Transport Policy and National Annual Road Safety Plan will be held in next month in Federal Ombudsman Secretariat.