In view of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Easy Taxi, a taxi service that operates through free mobile app, held a training session on basic driving skills and road safety measures on Saturday, 15th November. The session was open-for-all but compulsory for Easy Taxi drivers to attend.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on 16th of November every year in remembrance of those who lost their lives to road accidents. The purpose of organizing this training session was to familiarize the attendees with basic rules and regulations of traffic to minimize the risk of road accidents. Easy Taxi assigned special trainers to carry out these sessions and educate the attendees.
Commenting on the occasion Adam Ghaznavi, Country Managing Director of Easy Taxi Pakistan, said “With the current run-down condition of infrastructure in the city, it is important for us all to become careful drivers to avoid unfortunate accidents. We at Easy Taxi assume our responsibility in the matter, and feel content to contribute to public welfare. We have decided to make these sessions a routine for our drivers to ensure the safety of citizens.”
According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, more than eight thousand road accidents were recorded in 2013 alone, taking the death toll to more than four thousand people. World Health Organization (WHO), in its Global Status Report 2013, identified road accidents as a major cause of death of young people, aged 15-29, in Pakistan. According to Tahir Khan, superintendent National Highway and Motorway Police, most of the drivers responsible for accidents lack driving skills and are unfamiliar with traffic regulations.
Attendees were also handed free driving manuals at the end of the session.