The cabinet of the federal government has approved Automotive Industry Development and Export Plan (AIDEP) 2021-26, which will ensure safety along with the further growth of the Pakistani automobile industry.
All vehicles must conform to WP.29. WP.29 checklist of security guidelines or car manufacturers will be prohibited from selling them after 30 June, 2022.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) which is currently implemented by 64 countries has regulations (for automobiles, the components systems, components, and equipment) in relation to environmental safety, as well as testing requirements that focus on performance as well as administrative procedures.
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Pakistan had previously made a commitment to implement these rules in April of 2020 but many auto manufacturers did not adhere to them. The new policy is that the government has introduced a few UN vehicle regulations obligatory for all car firms that include quality assurance for brakes, lighting, tires and seatbelts, steering rear-view mirrors and anti-theft systems airbags, as well as other safety standards.
Cars Without Basic Safety Features
Smaller cars in Pakistan generally do not have airbags, which includes Pak Suzuki cars, which appear to be a lot affected by this rule. Here’s a complete list of cars on sale in Pakistan with no airbags:
Suzuki Cultus (VXR)
Suzuki Alto (VX)
Suzuki Wagon R (VXR)
Suzuki Wagon R (VXL)
The list contains Suzuki Swift but it has been withdrawn, since the next model is set to be released soon, and it is evident that it will come with airbags. All businesses will have to update their vehicles to meet the WP.29 guidelines through including airbags.
In the past, Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered an Engineering Development Board (EDB) to ensure compliance with security regulations as well as airbags. However, there were no modifications in locally manufactured cars following the.
It is yet to be determined whether auto manufacturers will adhere to these safety standards in future models, as the stakes are more high this time.
It could take a few years for businesses to fully comply with these rules although it’s certainly an important first step towards the correct direction.