Islamabad : A seminar in order to raise the awareness and propose effective measures about the issue of road safety in Pakistan has been organised by Department of Sociology Quaid-i-Azam University...
Islamabad : A seminar in order to raise the awareness and propose effective measures about the issue of road safety in Pakistan has been organised by Department of Sociology Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), says a press release.
This seminar was based on the findings of a research project on ‘Road Safety’ to understand the attitude and behavior of commuters, funded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat was the chief guest. The seminar was chaired by Dr. Muhammad Zaman, Chairman Department of Sociology QAU. The seminar started with the recitation from the Holy Quran.
Dr. Muhammad Zaman who is the principal investigator of the project on Road Safety shared with audience the preliminary findings of the research survey. He highlighted the critical state of road safety in global and national perspective. Further, he proposed sustainable measures to counter this situation with the focus on effective licensing system, electronic surveillance, smart parking and effective legislation. Besides this he also proposed a Smart Public Transport System. He asserted there is need to impose carbon emission tax in order to reduce the health problems.
Latter Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat shared his views on issue of road safety and existing initiatives taken to improve the situation of safer road. He praised the efforts of Department of Sociology and the role played in highlighting this issue. He also discussed the socio-cultural barriers at communal level in implementation of projects in which social scientists and youth can play a significant contribution. A joint collaborative initiative started between Deputy Commissioner Islamabad and Department of Sociology who offered a Letter of Support to Chairman to continue his work on “Road Safety in Islamabad”. He further proposed to engage the students of QAU in awareness activities and seminars to be carried by DC office ICT. He stressed that mutual collaboration is meaningful to better understand and deal with road safety challenges.
Kamran Cheema Additional Deputy Commissioner also added the efforts of the Islamabad Transport Authority to maintain the road safety. He highlighted how the ICT administration is facing problems in implantation of the law and orders on roads. He stressed that ICT administration will launch innovative solutions with the assistance of the universities Sociology Department of QAU.
Dr Imran Sabir who is Assistant professor at Sociology Department QAU presented closing remarks in which he thanked all of the guests and participants of the seminar.