The National Highway Authority (NHA) is also among the authorities implementing the regulations as it checks the safety standards in oil tankers transporting flammable commodity from Karachi's ports to the upcountry.
The Senate's Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources was informed on Monday that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had deployed third party inspectors to check the shape of oil tankers aimed at avoiding untoward incidents.
Chairman Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri said 230 people had lost their lives in the Ahmedpur Sharqia oil tanker tragedy and the authority should take stringent measures to avoid the occurrence of such incidents in future. "It should be the responsibility of either the motorway police, or the oil companies which are filling these tankers", he said. "We are following the laws of OGRA for the past 10 years", they added.
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All Pakistan Oil Tankers Association kick-started countrywide strike saying, "The allegations of challan is leveled against them from place to place on roads despite the safety rules are put in practice".
Referring to the incident, Chairman of the Committee Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri said, "This is a serious situation as nearly everybody is at fault, including the oil company and various departments".
The Petroleum secretary apprised the committee that Oil Tankers Association had threatened to go on a strike after the inspection teams started to check the lorries' physical fitness.
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Briefing the committee, Ogra Chairwoman Uzma Adil said that rules for oil tankers were notified in 2009 but have yet to be implemented.
She said the government was trying to settle down the issue and assured there would be no oil shortage in the country.
They said that negotiations were held in a conducive environment, when the OGRA chairman intervened and refused to even listen to their point of view, and was therefore responsible for the suspension of oil supplies. The association wondered why now a three axle tanker is being demanded.
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