Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Transport and Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has directed the authorities concerned of traffic and police department not to allow the plying of commercial vehicles on roads in the city. The vehicles completed its life span should be stopped immediately. A crackdown should be initiated against the illegal bus, Sozuki and truck stands and no pressure should be taken whatsoever.
He issued these directives while presiding over a high level meeting of transport department to streamline the vehicular traffic system in the Peshawar city. The meeting besides others, was also attended by Secretary Transport Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Commissioner Peshawar Tariq Jamil, DIG Traffic Mazhar, SP Traffic and secretaries of PTA and RTAs.
He said that the department in principle agreed to lift ban on the route-permits, however, the previous ban will continue to be there. It is seriously contemplating to ban individual permit system in order to streamline the vehicular traffic in the province, he added. In future, route-permits would be given to transport operating companies that would bring a visible change in the computing facilities and would lead to put on ground what fares the government decides.
Mian Iftikhar Hussain made it clear that in future no illegal stands would be allowed. The bus stands to be legal must get the permission of PTA and RTA. However, such stands which may hinder the vehicular flow would be forced to stop and action should be initiated in this regard.
The commissioners who are the honorary chairmen of RTAs would be asked to take the Minister and Secretary Transport on board to settle down the affairs of route-permits etc in their respective areas. The commissioners and the transport department should be on the same page to discipline the unruly traffic in parts of the province.
Minister transport spoke out his mind saying that all the permits would deem to be illegal which were issued during the ban and action should be initiated against the officers and officials for violation. He directed not to violate the rules and regulations in the unnecessary quest to get the target otherwise they will be responsible of their illegal acts.
The minister also took strong notice for the outstanding fee against the transporters and directed that such route-permits should be cancelled and the transporters should stand black-listed. The route-permits of their vehicles would deem to be legal after the payment of all outstanding against their vehicles.
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Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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