Road Safety improvement in Pakistan



NTU has successfully implemented the project Enabling Economic Corridors through Sustainable Transport Sector Development with specific emphasis on the Road Safety Component in Pakistan between 2016 and 2020. The project worth 4 036 840.97 USD was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and was administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The project services followed the strategic objectives of Pakistan Vision 2025, which seeks to establish an efficient and integrated transportation system that facilitate the development of a competitive economy in the region, with specific focus on key targets such as reduction in transportation costs, safety in mobility and effective urban-rural connectivity.

In particular, the project’s overall objective was to ensure that a national road safety program was implemented by 2020, with a number of counter-actions having immediate impact on the number of road accidents, incl. measures in road safety management systems, road user behaviour, infrastructure improvement and post-crash response.

From April 2018 to March 30, 2020


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How we did it

The services that NTU provided for the successful implementation of road safety measures in this project were:

  • To establish a National Road Safety Secretariat for ensuring the coordination of road safety in Pakistan
  • To support the improvement of the draft national road safety action plan, accompanied by a crash database/road safety observatory
  • To support the conduct of awareness-raising campaigns in road safety
  • To design and deliver comprehensive training courses to government authorities on various aspects of road safety
  • To develop new road standards including enhanced safety standards for all classes of roads and pilot them in three locations
  • To develop national guidelines on driver licenses, vehicle licenses and post-crash response

NTU supported the development of Pakistan’s first National Road Safety Strategy (2018-2030) which aims at reducing the number of deaths resulting from road accidents by 6000. This Strategy and the series of road safety action plans that will be implemented up until 2030, addresses roads, vehicles and road users, particularly those who are vulnerable such as motorcyclists and pedestrians. With estimates suggesting there are at least 25,000 fatalities on Pakistan’s roads every month and that 39% of all reported incidents include fatalities, the Strategy is a much-needed step towards a better road sector for Pakistan. As well as saving lives, and providing a reliable, safe, and efficient transport sector, the Strategy will also contribute to the country's economy.


This TA support achieved to establish partnerships between national and local stakeholder agencies which helped to induce provincial interaction with the National Road Safety Strategy and ensuring formal and informal capacity building. Subsequently, the project's interaction with key agencies in all provinces encouraged them to consider reforms in road safety policy, systems and standards in a national context. In addition, road safety awareness campaigns had the effect of sensitizing road users to safety measures and road behaviour. 

Practical section of the five-day training course in road safety engineering.

Launch of the Road Safety Strategy