Crackdown: Traffic police to arrest people driving without a licence

Published: November 1, 2015
A traffic police officer. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

A traffic police officer. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Karachi traffic police have decided to arrest drivers without licences and those carrying fake licences from Monday.

According to traffic police official Muhammad Idrees, who is reader to the Traffic DIG, the impending crackdown will start from Monday morning and 15 checkpoints have been made for the purpose, where traffic DSPs, section officers along with inspectors and sub-inspectors will perform their duties from 11am to 1pm and then from 9pm to 11pm.

The Karachi traffic police launched several crackdowns this year, which included the helmet-compulsory drive, action against substandard Compress Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders in public and school vans, action against violation of rules and traffic signals, action against violation of one-way traffic, against traveling on the rooftops of public buses and coaches and juvenile drivers.

Traffic police target school vans with substandard CNG cylinders

Unfortunately, these crackdowns have not yielded fruitful results and the latest campaign against drivers without licences is feared to be another exercise in futility.

However, Idrees insisted on the success of all the campaigns. “These teams will be deployed on Bilawal Chowrangi, Mai Kolachi Road, before Gulbai Underpass, Baldia Town, Sharae Faisal and other places,” he said.

Do the traffic police have the powers to arrest drivers? Idrees responded that the law regarding the arrests was not new. “It’s already mentioned in Motor Vehicle Ordinance Section 99, under which we can arrest drivers over charges of negligence,” he said, adding that driving without licence was not less than any negligence and it usually became the cause of vehicular fatalities.

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Speaking about fake licences, he said that Pakistan Penal Code’s Section 420 can be imposed. “Drivers of commercial vehicles without licences can be put behind bars for maximum two years, whereas drivers of private vehicles can be arrested for maximum of one year,” he said.

The traffic department felt it would have been useless if they had given people more time to get their licences. “People will never apply for licences until we start taking action,” he said. He added, however, that they had requested licences DIG Aftab Pathan to arrange a special desk for the huge number of drivers anticipated to seek licences once the crackdown kicks off.

Meanwhile, Pathan said that he had requested the Traffic DIG to give them at least 15 days. “We have three branches in the city in Nazimabad, Clifton and Korangi and we have the capacity to cater to a large number of people seeking licences,” he said.

On the other hand, an official at the Clifton licence branch, Furqan, told The Express Tribune that since the news of the crackdown against drivers without licences surfaced, he has been receiving several requests. He admitted that the licence offices do not have the capacity to hold a large number of people.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2015.

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Reader Comments (11)

    Nov 1, 2015 - 1:04PM

    Karachi traffic police have decided to arrest drivers without licences and those carrying fake licences from Monday. More money into the pockets of these corrupt policemen……..The rape of Karachi by the completely politicized, incompetent and absolutely non-professional police continues……………..Loot and plunder is the name of the game…….May Allah save us from our police….. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Nov 1, 2015 - 1:33PM

    And let’s hope that the people at licensing offices follow due process and do not force people to bribe them for a license. My father – who has over 25 years experience as a licensed driver in Pakistan, Middle East and North America (the latter two have very strict road traffic requirements) – was repeatedly denied a license after he lost his old one from the 1980s, despite doing well on all his driving tests, because he refused to pay any kind of bribe or use a source. Eventually the people at the licensing office got tired of testing him every month and gave him a license on his third attempt.Recommend

  • bahaha
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:02PM

    Before they do that perhaps they should have a “mechanism” to fix mis-spelt and half names on drivers licence. They don’t even have a form for it and whenever you ask them how to fix it they suggest that you should report it lost and get a duplicate with the correct spelling on it. This shows “something” which does not translate to logical answer.

  • Abcd
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:30PM

    People were issued fake licences from the Licencentre office in clifton. Watched a tv program about this. So now instead of arresting the corrupt officials, they are going to arrest the poor public.Recommend

  • imran
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:45PM

    These bureacrats, thriving on quota system, are ruining Karachi like never before. They can invent, mould and twist laws as it suits them. Traffic Police are not allowed to arrest anywhere in the world!!They are hallucinating if they think they can regard absence of driving license as same a negligent driving ..and arrest on those grounds!

    How about arresting those break laws like taking bribes, corruption and immortalizating a queen of corruption as a demi-god! They can start from Bilawal House or Lyari.Recommend

  • Haroon Rashid
    Nov 1, 2015 - 6:54PM

    Traffic Police is doing a wonderful job of enforcement of Drive Safety. Driving License and License plate are on RFID tagged license plate, and license. Several years the initiative has not been taken despite NADRA and private sector helped.
    Police can collect toll charges for buisy traffic during peak hours for toll collection, and also fine to drivers on their drivers license, and vehicle license plate.
    This is nothing of any technology. The issue could be the settlement between Police procurement, procedure and NADRA.
    Both are Govt department, and take an initiatve before the situation gets worse.
    God Bless Pakistan.Recommend

    Nov 1, 2015 - 11:13PM

    @Abcd: These procedures are specially for Karachi as it is an orphan city of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Truther
    Nov 2, 2015 - 12:22AM

    Why no such penalising money extracting

    campaign is ever run in interior sind?

    Wadera Corruption Party government

    keep finding new ways to extract

    money from people of wadera

    colony KarachiRecommend

  • mujtaba soomro
    Nov 2, 2015 - 10:18AM

    ok, wat if there is an emergency and the person forgets the license,then wat? the police will start beating the person?Recommend

  • Affan
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:47PM

    i cant think of driving without license why everyone crying. this is law you should have your license in your wallet all the time, Recommend

  • Jan 24, 2016 - 7:01PM

    Why Government of Pakistan not try RFID Reader or RFID technology to track driving licence Recommend

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