Islamabad: Chairman Task Force / Joint Secretary (Admin) Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources (MPNR), today, held a meeting with the office bearers of All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) and the Regional Transporters Association.
The Office Bearers of APCNGA and Transporters Association agreed in principle to the recommendations of the Task Force for inspection of CNG vehicles and putting in place an enforcement mechanism. The APCNGA assented to the proposal that RFID Scanners would be installed at CNG Stations for monitoring faulty cylinders and kits and they will identify 100 sites across Pakistan where the testing process would be started initially.
Both the APCNGA and Transporters Association agreed that standard CNG equipment, testing procedures and testing fees would be charged so that CNG consumers / commuters are facilitated and their precious lives are saved.
It was agreed upon that Diploma Holders and, in case of shortage, TEVTA Trained personnel having at least 5 years experience would work at CNG Stations to ensure safety regime. APCNGA assured that they will cooperate with the OGRA, Chief Inspector Explosives (CIE) and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) team for on-spot checking. It was also agreed that RTA and MVE shall not issue route permits / fitness certificates for non-tested vehicles.
APCNGA and Transport Association appreciated the efforts being made by MPNR for safety of the general masses travelling in vehicles installed with CNG and assured their full cooperation in this regard.
It may be recalled that the Task Force has recommended that only uniform and approved testing equipment would be used for testing at public and private testing centers which would operate under Government guidelines.
Policy decisions, approvals and certification would be the joint responsibility of a committee consisting of OGRA, HDIP and CIE representatives. Cylinders placement and number of cylinders in Public Service Vehicles would be decided by mutual consultation with 3 member team of OGRA, HDIP and CIE. All illegal /uncertified / non-approved cylinders and kits would be removed and seized by the authorities.
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