NTRC Holds First Thematic Dialogue On Pakistan's Possible Adoption Of ADR
National Transport Research Centre (NTRC) Tuesday organized the first interactive thematic dialogue on Pakistan's Possible Adoption of ADR, a European Treaty for Transportation of Dangerous Goods on Roads' held here between Freight Transporter Associations & Oil Tanker Bodies and other relevant public & private stakeholders
Secretary Ministry of Communications Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui chaired the discussion and appraised that more than 50 per cent of the goods transport on roads fall under the category of Dangerous Goods.
He underscored the fact that Pakistan was being developed as transit route for trade of land locked Central Asian Republics where the transit would be mainly transported by road due to non-existence of rail network with Central Asian Republics.
"For this purpose, National Regulations for Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Road needs to be harmonized with international regulations by possible adoption of ADR," he added.
The transporter association also actively participated in the event and ensured full support in policy making and its adoption.
NTRC Chief Hameed Akhtar in his concluding remarks said, "It is a first step towards formulation of Rules & Laws on Transportation of Dangerous Goods on Roads." NTRC would further continue its active role to achieve the desired goals under ADR with the consultation of all stakeholders including transporter associations, industry and other regulatory authorities.
He also emphasized that Pakistan was going to compete with developed world by signing Trade Agreements with all neighboring countries; therefore, there was a dire need for aligning our national regulations on international standards. This would be only possible with the support of all actors engaged in transportation of dangerous goods in the country, Hameed said.