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Cylinder Blast Task Force finalizes recommendations

Islamabad: The Task Force constituted by Secretary Petroleum & Natural Resources has finalized its proposals pertaining to the countrywide testing and enforcement regime required to address the menace of exploding cylinders in vehicles.

Chairman Task Force, Joint Secretary (Admin) M/O P&NR held a meeting with all the relevant stakeholders on 12/1/12 in order to finalize the “Action Plan” for countrywide testing of CNG Kits, fittings and Cylinders installed in vehicles to ensure public safety and to
safeguard precious human lives.

Chief Inspector of Explosives, DG HDIP, Executive Directors of OGRA, SSP Islamabad, SSP Traffic ICT & Pindi as well as Secretaries RTA, Motor Vehicle Examiners and representatives of related Government Departments including Industries participated in the meeting.

The participants unanimously agreed on the following points:-

i. Only Uniform and approved testing equipment would be used for testing at public and private testing centers which would operate under Government guidelines.

ii. Policy decisions, approvals and certification would be the joint responsibility of a committee consisting OGRA, HDIP and CIE representatives.

iii. Engineers would head all testing centers and staff would be trained diploma holders.

iv. A uniform testing fee shall be decided by OGRA and would be applicable throughout the country for all testing centers. No one would be allowed to overcharge.

v. Cylinders are to be disallowed under seats and in cabins of public transport vehicles.

vi. Testing centers shall be established with the help of the Provincial Governments and CNG Association at the district level with proper equipment and staff approved by the government.

vii. Testing equipment shall be selected by CIE & HDIP from approved list of National Accreditation Council and Pakistan Standards and Quality Authority.

viii. RTA & MVE shall not to issue route permits / fitness certificates for non-tested vehicles after the cutoff date.

ix. Pilot project shall commence within three days at HDIP testing center in Islamabad where MVE & RTA reps would be stationed as well.

x. Training & Capacity building of all personnel including third party shall be ensured through Ministry of Technical and Professional Training & TEVTA’s.

xi. CNG stations shall hire diploma holders to supervise refueling by staff who must be over 18. In case of conversion centers, engineers would be hired.

xii. Pump operators shall implement the mechanism devised by the government to disallow refueling to non-tested vehicles as per their responsibility and license.

xiii. RFID chips would be affixed on tested vehicles and scanners would be installed at pumps. A central computerized data base of all vehicles shall also be maintained.

xiv. Public transport which has high mileage and wear and tear would be tested twice a year and private vehicles once a year.

xv. Public Transport shall have genuine third party/passenger insurance.

xvi. Necessary amendments would be made in the law to plug loopholes and to empower the traffic police and law enforcement agencies to crackdown on unsafe practices.

xvii. Chief Inspector of Explosives shall ensure seizure of old/expired/non registered/repaired cylinders which are all unsafe.

xviii. Rooftop placement of cylinders is being considered to be allowed subject to shielding, safety and technical advice by OGRA.

The final report shall be ready by 15 January 2012 and shall be submitted to the Honorable Supreme Court by Secretary Petroleum & Natural Resources and to the Minister for Interior through Chairman OGRA. Arrangements are being made to implement the decisions on an urgent basis.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
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