Lahore High Court moved to make airbags mandatory in all made in Pakistan cars

The petition addresses major car manufacturing companies of Pakistan and the concerned government departments.

Vehicle manufacturers in Pakistan have been overlooking safety measures, particularly Airbags, in locally-produced cars. However, recently a concerned citizen has filed a written petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

According to the details, the petition aims at making airbag installation mandatory in every vehicle manufactured locally.

The petition addresses major car manufacturing companies of Pakistan and the concerned government departments.  It states that the local vehicles fail to implement the necessary safety measures despite having a high demand within the country, which results in several people losing their lives due to accidents. Thus, airbags should be made compulsory.

Are airbags mandatory as per Automotive Development Policy (ADP) 2016-2021?

As per the present Automotive Development Policy (ADP) 2016-2021, airbags aren’t mandatory in local car production. A citizen has filed a judicial procedure petition against the government’s departments to amend the policy and includes a compulsory clause of including airbags in the vehicles.

The petitioner further added that the government should introduce a safety standard, and any car falling below it should be prevented from entering the market.

Although the government’s ADP development aims to provide Pakistan’s automotive industry with guidelines, it still overlooks airbags’ importance and fails to incorporate a related clause.

The petitioner has requested the court to approve the petition and direct the relevant authorities to ensure that the necessary safety measures are followed in all local cars.

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  • As far as quality as safety standards concerned, we are lagging behind altealst 20 years from the developed countries. In the US, UK, Japan, Germany and in many other states of the world, these things are considered mandatory in a vehicle, which we consider a luxury.
    The government should also check the price of the car and should also set a baseline model with a specific price in which Airbags, ABS breaking, Power steering and power windows should be mendatory.

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