‘We increased fines because road accidents kill more people than terrorism in Pakistan’, Murad Saeed
Need for road safety: Road accidents can cost Pakistani economy about $11 billion in 2020.
Minister for Communications Murad Saeed, in a statement, has said that more Pakistanis lost their lives in traffic-related incidents in the country than terrorism.
Recently, the federal government revised traffic violation fines on national highways and motorways in an effort to reduce the number of road accidents. Unfortunately, this initiative by the government was met with heavy criticism as well as strikes by the transporters association across the country.
“More than 27,500 people were killed in road mishaps in Pakistan during 2016, that was almost three times greater than the number of combined deaths in terrorism (956) and homicide (8516) for the corresponding year,” Murad Saaed said.
The federal minister added that road traffic crashes cost the middle-income countries as high as 5% of gross domestic product (GDP). He also said that road traffic crashes could cost Pakistan 11 billion dollars this year if the country’s GDP hit the projected mark of US $360 billion.
According to the MNA from Swat, despite the recent hike in traffic rules violation fine, the fine for traffic rules violation in Pakistan is way less than other countries. He further stated that England and the United Arab Emirates charge its citizens 1000 (Rs202,747) and 300-3000 (Rs12,653 to 126,527) respectively for overspending, whereas the amount of fine in Pakistan was Rs2500.