City Traffic Police in the provincial capital Lahore is on a strict campaign against motorcyclists where they are issuing challans on traffic violations especially to bikers without helmets.
The development came when Lahore High Court ordered the traffic police to start a full-fledged drive against those who are risking their lives by not wearing helmets and also issued directives to warn the people using mosque’s loudspeakers, print, and electronic media.
After warning people and even distributing some free helmets and free driving license files, City traffic police has now started to issue Rs.1000 violation tickets to the violators since September 23rd as per the court orders.
- In the first wave of implementation of the law on traffic violations, traffic police have barred the entry of riders without helmets on the Mall Road that means violators cannot access this road irrespective of already having challan or not.
Upcoming No-Entry Roads
- From 1st of October, no one without a helmet while riding a bike will be allowed to enter on the Jail Road.
- Although no date has been issued yet, Ferozpur Road and Canal Road will also be soon included in the no-go area for the bikers without helmets.
The Section 69-A of the Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965 and Section 239-A of the Motor Vehicle Rules 1969 clearly dictates that the on-duty officer of the authority can issue tickets if he encounters someone without a helmet on a motorcycle.
Yesterday, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Liaquat Ali Malik appeared sixth time in the month before the LHC Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi and informed the court that their orders are being followed in true spirit.
CTO assured the court that from now on, no one will be tolerated on committing traffic violations irrespective of their professions. He also told the following facts.
- 4778 Challans handed over to the bikers without helmets at mall road.
- The total number of challans on helmet violation in the whole city rose to 22246.
- Last year, 80,000 challans were served to the motorcycle riders in just one month.
“It’s a gradual process, we are restricting bikers without helmets in the city and our aim is to bar them to travel on any main road of the city but it will take some time.”, CTO Lahore.
It is also worth noting that people are already paying through the nose for the new helmets as the city is witnessing extreme price hikes.