Taking responsibility: ‘Jail parents of underage motorcyclists’

LHC judge says those who violate traffic rules should not be shown leniency

Our Correspondent September 18, 2018

LAHORE: Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered that the parents of underage motorcyclists be locked up, illustrating the fact that those who violate traffic rules will not be dealt with leniently.

Chief Traffic Office and the head of the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) Akbar Nasir appeared before the court on Monday. In a report which he submitted to LHC, he outlined that approximately 13,000 motorcyclists had been fined in a week for not wearing a helmet. Officials had also taken action against 3,000 underage drivers found riding motorcycles, while their parent’s affidavits had also been recorded.

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Justice Qureshi remarked that those who violate traffic rules should not be favoured at any cost; indiscriminate action will be taken against them. The parents of underage motorcyclists should be locked up if their children are found to be riding motorcycles.

The judge summoned the Lahore Transport Company (LTC) chairman to appear before the court on September 18 (today) for failing to take action against those vehicles without a fitness certificate.

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Earlier on September 12, the judge had ordered that the laws barring minors from driving be implemented, while strict action be taken against those parents who violated the affidavits they had submitted after their children were found guilty.

The judge highlighted that for first time violators, parents be called and made to swear affidavits, assuring authorities that such an incident would not occur again. If the parents fail to live up to the affidavits, strict action will be taken against them, the judge maintained.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2018.


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