Federal Govt to launch new traffic regulations

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to launch new traffic regulations complying with the international standards in the federal capital Islamabad.

Interior Minister Ijaz Shah reached this decision while chairing a high-level meeting with other stakeholders. He directed the authorities to start with the implementation of new traffic regulations.

Under the new law, a driving license would be suspended after the issuance of the third challan. Fines will be imposed over smoking while driving, whereas, the front seat belt is declared mandatory.

Furthermore, the authority will take legal action against the superintendent of police (SP) and duty officer over traffic jam without any proper reason or justification.

The interior minister said that the deadline for the implementation of the latest orders is September 30 and the authorities must launch a social media campaign for public awareness.

SSP Farrukh Rasheed said that campaign is underway to ensure disciplinary traffic system in the city and he also appealed the citizens to follow rules. He said that three loudspeakers’ fitted vehicles having an announcement system are imparting road safety tips to citizens at all the important signals and give them a message about traffic rules.

Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has issued 31,790 fine tickets to road users over four major violations during August. A police spokesman said in August action was taken against 15,851 motorcyclists for not using helmets, 8,318 motorists for not fastening seat belts while driving, 2045 motorists for using mobile while driving and 5756 motorcyclists without front and rear lights and signals.

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