Handing over ceremony of cars gifted by the Government and people of Japan
Ambassador of Japan HE Hiroshi Inomata handed over the fleet of 34 hybrid vehicles to the National Highways & Motorway Police at a ceremony held at NH&MP Line Headquarters today. This is part of Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) aimed at contributing to the promotion of socio-economic development in developing countries. Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador said the environment-friendly vehicles such as hybrid cars were widely used in Japan. He added that this NPGA will provide a good opportunity for Pakistani people to realize positive effects on the environment brought about by hybrid vehicles.
These hybrid vehicles use less fuel and emit less greenhouse gases than conventional cars, he said, adding that the latest hybrid vehicles from Japan were expected not only to enable the police to reduce cost of fuel for their daily operations but also help the government to address environmental challenges.
The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said that Motorway police is serving the nation for the past 18 years and uphold its high standards of professionalism. I commend the leadership and all officers of the department for their continuing efforts. National Highways and Motorway Police is performing a commendable job in reducing risks to road users and this is well demonstrated by the fact that its jurisdiction continues to expand day by day. The Minister said that NH&MP is already covering nearly seventy to eighty percent of the passengers and the freight load plying on our highways and motorways. He said that Setting up of Road Safety Institutes at district level is a major step in the right direction and I hope they build upon them to ensure safety for all road users. The Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police said that during the past 18 years, NH&MP has attained the status of the premier and lead traffic regulation and enforcement agency in Pakistan. By sticking to its core values of honesty, courtesy and help, NH&MP has won hearts of the public. People look towards us as matter of pride and great satisfaction for us. He added that it is a matter of serious concern that 72% of the applicants who applied for NH&MP driving licenses failed to qualify the theoretical and practical driving tests. Therefore, NH&MP has established Road Safety Training Institutes at district level in the country to impart standardize driving training to the people. He thanked the people and government of Japan for providing a gift of 34-Hybird vehicles to National Highways & Motorway Police for patrolling, which are being placed for patrolling on motorways. He said that these high tech vehicles would help in consumption of less fuel with less environmental affects than the conventional vehicles. These cars have been designed on a new pattern through retro reflective tapes with the design used in developed countries.
In the end, IGP presented shields to the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Ambassador of Japan.