Seminar on ‘Road Safety in Islamabad’ held

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STAFF REPORTER A seminar on “Road Safety in Islamabad” organized by the Department of Sociology Quaid-iAzam University was held to raise the awareness and propose effective measures about the issue of road safety in Pakistan. The 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 HamzaShafqaat was the chief guest of the event. Dr. Muhammad Zaman, Chairman, Department of Sociology, QAU and principal investigator of the project on Road Safety shared the preliminary findings of the research survey. Dr. Zaman 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. The Deputy Commissioner, Hamza Shafqaat shared his views on the 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