Islamabad - Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata handed over a fleet of 34 hybrid vehicles to the National Highways & Motorway Police at a ceremony held at NH&MP Line Headquarters yesterday. 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 are widely used in Japan. He said 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 are expected not only to enable the police to reduce cost of fuel for their daily operations but also help the government address environmental challenges.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said that motorway police have been serving the nation for the past 18 years and upholding high standards of professionalism. “I commend the leadership and all officers of the department for their continuing efforts. National highways and motorway police are 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,” he said.

The minister said that NH&MP is already covering nearly seventy to eighty percent of the passengers and the freight load plying on the highways and motorways.

The inspector general NH&MP said that during the past 18 years, NH&MP has attained the status of the premier and leading traffic regulation and enforcement agency in Pakistan. By sticking to its core values of honesty, courtesy and help, NH&MP have won hearts of the public, he said. He added that it is a matter of serious concern that 72 percent 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 standardized 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, 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.