Balochistan needs better road safety

Published on – January 11, 2019 – 7:00 am
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Balochistan is the most backward and ignored province of Pakistan where people are denied basic services, including decent travel facilities, in absence of comprehensive road network.  Accidents are frequently reported from all parts of Balochistan needing attention of the Government and the decision-makers should ensure road safety and security of passengers travelling on public transport.


Balochistan is the most backward and ignored province of Pakistan where people are denied basic services, including decent travel facilities, in absence of comprehensive road network.  Accidents are frequently reported from all parts of Balochistan needing attention of the Government and the decision-makers should ensure road safety and security of passengers travelling on public transport.

Secretary Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Quetta Habibullah Khan and traffic police team took action against searchlight of vehicles and took off more than 331 searchlights from various transports including freight vehicles at National highway.
Secretary RTA and traffic police team carried out crackdown operation against those vehicles fixed searchlights at National Highway.

Secretary RTA said most of accidents were occurred at National Highways on night time due to searchlights, so that action would be continued against such vehicles for decreasing road mishap at highways for saving precious lives of public during traveling.

Balochistan has zero influence on decision-making at the Central level, the province is denied funds or Balochistan is kept at the lowest priority. Balochistan is 44 per cent of the National territory and the province is getting one of two per cent of fund allocation for building roads and highway.

Thus the people of Balochistan are denied decent travel facilities in absence of basic infrastructure or the road network. In most of the cases, transporters were found investing tens of millions on buying new buses and trucks and in absence of decent and quality roads, the vehicles are reduced to junks in years while Karachi buses are operating for the past 50 years or more.

It is also important for the truck drivers that they should also be equally competent to drive the vehicle for long distances to deliver cargo from one part of the country to another. The Government and the policy makers in the field of road safety should realize their responsibility to train and educate the illiterate bus and truck drivers so that major road accidents should be reduced to minimum restoring the confidence of the common people using road transport as a reliable means of transport.

One of the major causes of disaster on road included prolonged duties of the bus and truck drivers that make them tired and sleepy. There is a need to regulate the road transport by the Government making the bus operators mandatory to appoint two drivers, both equally trained and competent, on inter-city bus service in all parts of Balochistan.

There is a need that the Government of Balochistan should open such schools in the public sectors and assign the trained traffic police officers to impart necessary training to the drivers before they get a licence to drive a vehicle. Such training schools should be opened in all the Divisional Headquarters first to facilitate the people in getting minimum training before they drive vehicles on the roads.

In case of road accidents and deaths, the bus operators should be made responsible in terms of paying compensation to the heirs of the victims of road disasters. It should not be treated as punishment rather sharing responsibility to human losses. Every passenger should be insured by paying a very small amount for insurance while travelling on roads in Balochistan.