ISLAMABAD - The laws and rules about road safety may be revised so as to secure lives of the road users.

The directions came from the National Assembly Standing Committee on Communications in its meeting held here on Monday at the National Transport Research Centre (NTRC).

The Committee was apprised that the NTRC had conducted five researches during 2016-2017, costing Rs five million.

The NA body directed that the research reports might be shared with the Committee and on the basis of the recommendations, new legislative proposals might be initiated.

The Committee was briefed that the National Highway Safety Ordinance 2000, was being revised. The NA body directed that all laws and rules related to roads might be revised extensively.  The Committee was informed that Pakistan PWD had received the total approved budget for water tank of the NTRC twice but had yet to complete the construction of water tank.

The NA body expressed grave concern over what it observed as poor performance of the Pakistan PWD.

The Committee directed the PWD to submit its report in this regard.  The NA body directed the PWD authorities including the Director General to attend the next meeting and explain its position on the poor performance.

The National Highways and Motorway Police informed the Committee that out of 24 recommendations made by the NA body, the department had implemented 20, whereas four recommendations were being implemented.

The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the closure of service area on M-1 near the Indus River.

The Committee directed that KP government might be invited to attend the next meeting and give its input on development of Gilgit-Chitral Road.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and attended by members National Assembly including Maiza Hameed, Salim Rehman, Engr Hamidul Haq Khalil, Maulana Qamarud Din, Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr Usman Khan Tarakai and Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio.

Communications Secretary and several senior civil officers attended the meeting.