In the UK before you can get your driving license, you have to take a driving test which consists of 2 separate tests. There is the theory test. Then there is the practical driving test where the learner drives a car on the road for about 40 minutes. The purpose of the test is to see if the learner can drive safely on different roads and in different traffic conditions, and that the learner can show his knowledge of the Highway Code through his driving ability.

The primary objective of traffic police has to be to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads caused by accidents.

Most road accidents resulting in injuries or death are caused by some element of human error, such as over speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving under the influence of drink or drugs and other distractions such as using a mobile phone.

In Pakistan the number of cars is going to significantly increase in the future. There is a need to improve the driving ability of new road users through stricter road tests. There is also a need to change the driving habits of the drivers that are currently on the roads.

During a recent visit to Pakistan I noticed dangerous and reckless driving, particularly on the N-5, with people regularly over speeding, not maintaining a safe distance with the car in front, trying to intimidate drivers in front to change lanes so that they could pass and changing lanes without indicating. Most of these acts would fall under dangerous driving or driving without due consideration of other road users. I have noticed police patrols but they seem to ignore what is going on around them. They seem to be just looking out for motorcyclists that are not wearing helmets. I guess Pakistan still has a long way to go.

Arshad Mehmood,

London, June 28.