Overloaded vehicles are damaging roads across Pakistan for which there is a strong need to implement axle load control on highways, said Federal Secretary for Communications Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui.
Siddiqui presided over a meeting at National Highway Authority (NHA) regional office Karachi on Thursday, where matters relating to implementation of axle load control on Motorways and National Highways were reviewed in detail.
NHA Member South Zone Syed Shabbir Ali Shah, Sindh-South General Manager Samiur Rehman, NHMP DIG Saleem Ahmed, FWO representative Col Mussarat Awan and representatives of transport organisations in Sindh participated in the meeting.
On this occasion Siddiqui said transport sector is playing vital role in development of trade and industries and country’s economy as well.
He said heavy amounts are spent on construction and then on maintenance of motorways and national highways and that their protection from bad effects of overloading is our joint obligation.
“Overloaded vehicles are not allowed to travel on motorways and national highways from June 1, and this decision is being implemented effectively,” the secretary said.
As a result, he said, travelling is becoming safe and sound. This will ultimately help control accidents on motorways and highways.
In order to solve the issues being raised due to implementation of axle load control, weekly meeting on each Tuesday will be held with the representatives of the transport organizations so that ongoing process of controlling overloaded vehicles could be furthered successfully, he added. To this effect, a committee headed by NHA Member Shabbir Ali Shah has also been formed that will review advancement relating to axle load control on daily basis.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2019.
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