LAHORE – More than a million people die in road accidents every year around the world and road accident loss is equivalent to three percent of GDP in most of the countries while annual death toll of road accidents is five times higher than that of Tsunami in 2004.

Several speakers from different walks of life expressed these views at a seminar regarding “Road Safety, Everybody’s Responsibility” organised by the National Highways and Motorway Police here on Saturday.

DIG Motorways Jahanzaib Khan Jogezai, AIG (Operations) and Division Farooq A Azam, SSP Mirza Faraan Baig, Chairman Consumer Association Pakistan Kokab Iqbal, NH&MP Coordinator Road Safety Wing Nasir Iqbal and people from all walks of life participated in the seminar.

During his speech, SSP Central-I Mirza Faraan Baig said that around 50 million people get injured in traffic accidents every year and about 3000 deaths are reported on daily basis. He further said that NH&MP contributed a lot in creating road safety awareness by establishment of guidance centres, 130 Helpline, Mobile Education Units, SMS Information Service, First aid services, Lost and Found Children, establishment of Drivers Training Schools etc.

The participants were told that NH&MP Road Safety Wing helps in compilation of accident data, pointing weaknesses concerning road engineering, suggesting remedial measures, coordinating matters relating to road safety with other public and private organisations and in devising educational campaigns.

Representative of Engineering Development Board Mr. Asim Ayaz said that existing system of checking vehicle fitness was not compatible with international standards and practical provisions for verification of Technical and Mechanical parameters were also missing. He further said that most of the vehicles on the roads are not fit for driving.