75% of Pakistani drivers break the law, according to survey

Published: August 25, 2016
According to an auto survey by PakWheels, Toyota Corolla is the most preferred car in Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

According to an auto survey by PakWheels, Toyota Corolla is the most preferred car in Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

An auto survey by PakWheels.com has revealed that 75 per cent of drivers in Pakistan break the law by not complying with the Provincial Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1965 which makes it mandatory for every car in the country to be insured.

Based on a survey with a sample size of over 11,000 respondents, new insights into the automotive sector of Pakistan, including people’s buying and selling habits, patterns and preferences were revealed. “The large sample size reflects the choices and preferences of Pakistanis from all age brackets, industry sectors and income levels,” the report claimed.

‘Five companies to compete in auto sector’

According to the survey, only 25 per cent Pakistanis had their cars insured, which was primarily because they were financed by the bank and insurance tends to be mandatory for financed cars. While it can be assumed that the violation of this law maybe because of the lack of knowledge regarding the Provincial Motor Vehicles Ordinance, the fact that significant number of drivers drive without a license “points to a deeper issue at societal level,” the survey read. “24 per cent of the respondents drive cars without a license in Pakistan with 41 per cent of them being even below the age of 21 years,” the survey stated.

Most preferred car

The survey further revealed that the most preferred car in Pakistan was Toyota Corolla, followed by Honda City, Honda Civic, Suzuki Mehran and Suzuki Cultus.

“As expected, the market is still dominated by three big brands Suzuki, Toyota and Honda. The anticipated entry of other auto manufacturers in Pakistan, including Nissan, Datsun, Renault and Volkswagen in the near future could give a really tough time to the big three in Pakistan,” the survey stated.

According to PakWheels.com, 60 per cent of the respondents claimed they preferred buying used cars, whereas only 40 per cent bought new cars. “Though auto financing has seen rapid growth over last two years, only 22 per cent of new car owners and five per cent of used car owners purchased through auto financing or loan. These numbers give a clear indication that banks will witness significant growth in auto financing in the coming days,” the survey stated.

A promising auto policy

Fuel efficiency over safety and other features

Compared to buyers in the United States and Europe, Pakistanis till date prize fuel efficiency and resale value over safety and other features. This could explain why certain mandatory safety features across  western markets happen to be missing from most locally assembled vehicles.


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Reader Comments (10)

  • Parvez
    Aug 25, 2016 - 5:12PM

    Safety features should be enforced by the government in publics interest like in the west………but when the manufacturer and the government shake hands this is what results.Recommend

  • KD
    Aug 25, 2016 - 5:21PM

    Honda engineers should start considering to increase the ground clearance on Honda civic.. then it will definitely reach no 1Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 25, 2016 - 6:08PM

    Is there a law ? The way people drive one wonders…? And I would wager that a fair percentage of that 75% don’t even possess a valid drivers license.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Aug 25, 2016 - 6:47PM

    “75% of Pakistani drivers break the law, according to survey”

    This includes Prime Minister and entire parliament community.Recommend

  • curious2
    Aug 25, 2016 - 8:45PM

    When someone gets pulled over without a license – how about towing the vehicle and holding it until the driver gets a proper license and pays an enormous fine? Ain’t that complicated – just takes common sense and the will to govern. Breaking laws should have a downside.Recommend

  • abdulhaq
    Aug 25, 2016 - 9:34PM

    But why people break the law Recommend

  • curious2
    Aug 25, 2016 - 9:53PM

    When someone applies for drivers license he should have to submit proof that he has insurance – same goes when someone registers car. If someone is caught driving without proper insurance or unregistered car – then tow the vehicle and hold it until the culprit fixes the issue and pays a hefty fine. Avoiding the law should have a downside. Recommend

  • Furkan Awan
    Aug 25, 2016 - 10:29PM

    Lack of Traffic Education and Nepotism Leads to the factor of Lawlessness in breaking of traffic Laws. Recommend

  • Guest
    Aug 26, 2016 - 10:13AM

    I was reading on pakwheels blog that more than 70 person drives don’t own driving license. I think the process is very complicated. There should be 20+ sectors for driving license test 7 days a week. The whole process should be digital from 1st step. Once it’s expired, just fee deposit and with tracking number, its renewed.Recommend

  • shakil
    Aug 26, 2016 - 1:57PM

    This is wrong figure, almost 90% or more break the law. There is no proper driver education and testing system in place. No one knows what the lanes meant on the road, what are parking restrictions on highways and streets. Pakistanis will break the law as source of pride, it can only be stopped by making them aware and strict law enforcement. Who wears seat belt? Helmets? Insurance, road safety. If you include that almost 99% break the law!Recommend

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