CCLC okays first safety standards for vehicles.

ISLAMABAD -- The Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases (CCLC) on Friday approved the country's first-ever safety standards for the auto sector including helmets for motorcycle riders.

With the approval by CCLC the auto sector safety standards including electric vehicles (EVs) would be forwarded to the Federal Cabinet for ratification, eventually leading to their implementation.

The auto companies claim to follow Japanese standards, but there is no standard and clear definition of helmets for motorcycle riders.

The auto sector, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Industries, has been advocating that the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) is needed to first develop labs and expertise to check the quality of parts.

PSQCA initially develops standards for eight components

However, an official of the PSQCA told Dawn that the safety standards developed by the authority are very close to the Japanese standards.

'Pakistan needs to move forward and the move will eventually compel authorities to develop relevant labs in PSQCA,' the official said.

The CCLC has approved the standards for eight components of locally manufactured vehicles developed by PSQCA in consultation with other stakeholders and government departments.

These include Child Restraint System (PS:5574 and PS:5575), Safety Belts...

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