A citizen has filed a written petition to the Lahore High Court (LHC) to make airbags mandatory in all local vehicles.
The petition was targeted at major vehicle manufacturers and government departments. It stated that there are many recent examples recently of people dying in car accidents due to the absence of airbags in them, and hence, airbags should be made mandatory.
According to the current Automotive Development Policy (ADP) 2016-2021, airbags are not mandatory in local vehicles, which is why the citizen filed the petition to amend the policy with the inclusion of the clause for mandatory airbags in vehicles.
The petitioner added that all new cars should have proper safety equipment and that no car should be allowed to enter the market without it.
Although the government’s ADP had been developed to provide guidelines to the automotive industry in Pakistan, it does not mention mandating airbags in vehicles.
The petitioner requested the court to accept the petition and direct the concerned authorities to ensure that the required safety equipment is installed in all local vehicles. He also requested the court to ensure that the necessary amendments are made to the ADP.