In collaboration with a Swedish group, 39 centres will be set up across the Punjab province for the inspection and certification of commercial vehicles as per international standard.

Project Executive Director Ahmed Shabbir said said that in the first phase, three fitness stations will be set up in Lahore Division which will start functioning from June 2015. In the second phase, he added, fitness stations will be set up in other cities of the province. He said that 39 fitness stations will be set up across the Punjab where seven different kinds of tests will be conducted on the vehicles before giving fitness certificates.

He said that the Swedish group would also extend cooperation with regard to licensing and training of drivers and a separate driving school of international standard will also be established. He said that it was the first agreement signed in Pakistan under public-private partnership in the services sector.

He said that under the agreement fitness certificates of international standard will be issued to commercial vehicles and no unfit vehicles be allowed to come on the road. He said that route permits will be issued only to the vehicles which will meet the standard of fitness. The Swedish group will also train drivers. To a question, he said that the project was of great importance and will help improve traffic standard.