Agree. Traffic rules enforcement is different topic. But look at it this way. Pakistan needs better traffic enforcement with the ability to follow and chase down traffic offenders who can then arrest or fine them. Traffic offenses happen because drivers know there is little chance of them being apprehended. To apprehend traffic violators a nationwide 10,000 strong fleet of police cruisers are needed. Two man traffic marshals in fast cars can easily catch traffic violators, But police cruisers are expensive and the right hand drive cruisers are even more expensive. By going to a left hand drive the volume production of such vehicles makes them much cheaper.
Additionally the "million dollar" questions:
Do we want to open our road network to an enemy nation that would just love to use our roads for a military and commercial foot print in Central Asia and beyond?
Do we want to make it difficult for our only ally to support us logistically?
One advantage with electric cars is that they can be converted very quickly.
I think the best argument in favor of the switch would be that we would be integrated into LHD car manufaturer supply chain. Adding scale, bringing in new players in car market, making cars more cheaper(a SantaFe cost 1.5crore pkr in Pakistan for that money I can easily buy a Gallardo or R8) and improving consumer satisfaction by removing dabba quality RHD cars sold in Pakistan by Japanese and Chinese.Frankly speaking, it's a passionate idea but as mentioned earlier, it's not cost effective. How many Pakistani drive to other countries?
So rather than applying new rule on masses it would be smart to improve driver licensing procedure. Especially those who drive heavy-duty vehicles. Incentives can be given to cargo industry like duty free left hand trailers and semis stationed near border on cheap secured parkings where containers can be moved to the other left hand vehicle with their own drivers.
So in essence it'd be easier for more companies to enter Pakistan market.
Pakistani truck drivers need to be given sleeper cabs and hours of service laws governing their drive and rest time. Pakistani truck driver community/profession is a threat to their own and others' lives on the road.Excellent idea on having trailers switching to countries compatible cabs and China is already doing that with Hong Kong and Pakistan.
But it still a time consuming process.
Looking to the future with peace and stability , wouldn't it be nice for Pakistanis to be able to drive to Turkey via Iran or drive to Uzbekistan via Afghanistan?
Most importantly have free traffic of goods fromChina
Pakistan would have the advantages of low priced modern automobiles, and get millions off their two wheelers.
A map below shows how the world is predominantly left hand drive.
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2 stories. When I got my US visa, we sold everything and were taking our remaining stuff from RWP to LHR. The truck driver said he has not slept properly in 3 days. On the way to Lahore there were 3 instances we almost died. Once he was headed straight into one of those thick old huge trees on the roadside. Second he almost flew over a flyover(no pun intended) on Gujranwala bypass(yes it was GT road bad idea I know). Then he missed an exit for Lahore instead took exit for Sheikhupura. My mom offered 2 rakah nafal when we got home safely.
2nd story. My chacha died from a truck accident. He was on his motorcycle. The driver escaped. Never found. He was only visiting Pakistan for a business deal.
Trucks also need weights limits governed/enforced because trucks have ruined GT Road especially. They will harm motorway too. But motorway is fairly new. NATO traffic also played a huge role in GT Road's ruin to the extent you can clearly see truck axles indentation on the asphalt surface on GT road. It forms a clear depression in the road.
I was a driver myself for about a year. I know firsthand how dangerous micro sleep can be. If your eyes close for 1 minute you can travel 3 football field if not more.
A few months back I believe Murad Saeed looked into this issue but some bloody paindoo zameendar Tranport Union Leader started lobbying against it. And I was looking at that idiot like "Seriously?? WTF?? Those refoms could have saved so many lives cuz of hours of service laws and tax money spent on road repairs cuz of overloaded trucks and tractor trolleys."
This needs attention.
Edit: damn auto correct