Islamabad, 15th March 2022: A meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Communications was held on Tuesday here at Parliament House with Senator Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai in the Chair .
The Committee discussed “The National Highway Safety Amendment Bill” clause by clause. The Bill moved by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi intending to increase penalties for various violations. The Bill aimed to make motorway safer for our citizens, he claimed. The Chairman Committee opined that the increase in penalties is not meant to collect revenue but to curb the violations.
Futhermore, Senator Muhammad Akram was of view that penalties should be fixed by keeping in view the capacity of public. IG Motorway Police Inam Ghani told the Committee that Bill is designed only to increase penalties for major offences. However, Senator Shammim Afridi told the committee that majority of drivers of heavy vehicles are addicted to drugs and tabled bill would prove fruitful in curbing this menace.
After the detail deliberations the Committee unanimously passed “The National Highway Safety Amendment Bill” with amendments.The meeting was attended by Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Kamil Ali Agha, Senator Shammim Afridi, Senator Manzoor Ahmed Kakar, Senator Umer Farooq, Senator Hafiz Abdul Karim, Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Senator Muhammad Akram, Secretary for Ministry of Communications, IG Motorway Police, Chairman NHA and other senior officers of Ministry as well.