Traffic violators... By Mukhtar
23 August, 2013
This letter is with reference to the news that the inspector general police (IGP) in Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, has ordered action against those violating traffic rules. In fact, the traffic police in Karachi are the worst in the world because of their incompetence. Commuters, right under their very nose, break the rules and get away with it. One can go anywhere in the city and see that all the no parking areas have been taken over by the mafia, giving money to the police on a regular basis. People arrive at no parking areas, hand over their car keys and collect their cars after paying some charges to the caretaker. The IGP should visit Karachi cantonment and see for himself that there is hardly any place left for people to walk on foot as the entire area is flooded with heavy buses, some parked right on the main road, all in illegal parking spaces. The IGP should also visit Khalid Bin Walid Road and Jamshed Quarters area and see how the footpath and more than half the main road are occupied by car showrooms that are violating building laws and causing great inconvenience to the common man walking on the road. He should also visit the Sadar passport office and see the role of the traffic police.
One way traffic in Karachi means that one can use both sides of the road in the presence of the traffic police. No one follows any traffic rule, especially the mini-bus drivers who are least bothered about observing any discipline, which, ultimately, causes major traffic jams. Even educated people break the line and try to block incoming traffic thus causing serious traffic jams. No one waits for the green line and commuters keep moving their vehicles slowly while covering half the road and hardly allowing others to cross to their side. The traffic police has not been able to take care of tinted/black glasses, fancy number plates, no number plates, privately made number plates, number plates displaying AFR 2013, teenagers driving their cars without licenses and those who feel they are at liberty to stop their vehicles anywhere on the road. There are many cars bearing official number plates, purchased by the officers but not transferred in their names that are seen freely on the roads. Another menace is the use of the mobile phone while driving all types of transport, thus endangering the lives of other commuters.
Motorcyclists drive around in all directions, especially in the middle of the road and fast lanes, creating inconvenience to other commuters. They only have to be told to move onto the extreme left corner of the road. Laws are there but they are not being implemented. The law must be applied equally to everybody, irrespective of the status of the individual. Anyone who breaks the law should be punished on the spot as per the rules. Finally, fines have had no effect on traffic violators; the only remedy is to impound their vehicles for at least 15 days along with a heavy fine.
MUKHTAR AHMED BUTT