Traffic police gear up for action against violators

Motorcycles with fancy, incorrect, or no number plates will be specifically targeted

Our Correspondent January 03, 2019

KARACHI: Amid reports of the use of motorcycles in terrorist activities, the city's traffic police has started a campaign against motorcycles with fancy or incorrect number plates or without number plates.

On Wednesday, an operation against vehicles with fancy number plates, private vehicles with government number plates, vehicles plying on open letter and applied for registration plates, was carried out by the traffic police on M.A Jinnah Road. Around 160 cars and motorcycles were issued challans and 40 vehicles were impounded during the two-hour-long operation. Moreover, 50 fancy number plates along with government number plates on private cars were also confiscated.

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Traffic Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Javed Ali Mehr while speaking to the media, said that a special operation against traffic rules violators in the city has been going on for the past one month. Recently, he said, there is specific check on motorcycles without number plates or with wrong or fancy number plates. Cars with fancy number plates are also being issued challans. The focus on motorcycles is due to the use of motorcycles in terrorist activities, he added.

This special operation is under way in every district of Karachi. The traffic DIG said that complying with traffic rules was in the citizens' own interest. The issuance of challan for vehicles breaking one way traffic or motorcyclists without helmets is to protect citizens' lives, he added.

According to the DIG, the traffic load has been shifted to other roads because both tracks of M.A Jinnah Road are closed till Sea Breeze Plaza but the traffic police is trying its best to maintain the flow of traffic. The traffic load will spontaneously decrease on the roads when the tracks of M.A Jinnah Road are completed. The DIG also said that action is being taken against double parking as well.

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More than 2,500 challans against the violation of one way traffic, and thousands of other challans have been issued during the last two months, according to the DIG. In Wednesday's operation, however, action was taken against police and lawyers as well as citizens for the violation of traffic rules.

The traffic police has also issued a list of places, including Sharae Faisal, surrounding hospitals and commercial areas, where traffic sign boards are to be put up. Other institutions are also cooperating in this regard, he said, adding that removing stalls and illegally parked cars from important roads of the city is a joint task and the roles of district administration and police officials are important. The crackdown against encroachments will continue and traffic police will fully cooperate with regards to it, he said. 

Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2019.


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