Rawalpindi- Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja directed traffic police to initiate legal action against underage drivers plying motorcycles or cars on the city’s roads under section 550 of CrPc instead to penalize them for reducing the ratio of road mishaps.

He also asked the traffic police to make comprehensive measures for dealing with traffic gridlock in the city. “Strict action should also be taken against the owners of vehicles and motorcycles who are moving on roads without displaying authorised number plates,” he added. He said he had forwarded suggestions to senior officers to award 25 per cent of the total amount of fine tickets to the issuing officers like motorway police. The RPO also expressed deep concerns over hour-long traffic jams in the city and given two weeks deadline to CTO to improve the traffic situation in the city.

He expressed these views while addressing a Road Safety Seminar held at Traffic Headquarters yesterday.

The seminar was also attended by City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, Acting Chief Traffic Officer Yousaf Ali Shahid, Rescue 1122 Safety Officer Azra Shahid, DSP Traffic Headquarters Taimoor Khan, Ripah International University Professor Azhar Niaz, Maulana Syed Izhar Bukhari and other traffic wardens.

RPO Wisal Fakhar, while speaking on the occasion, said juveniles are posing constant threats to road users and the traffic police should impound their vehicles and motorcycles under section 550 CrPc instead of issuing them fine tickets. He said the traffic situation in the city has been going from bad to worse with every passing day and ordered the acting CTO to take concrete steps to control traffic rush in the city. He said the encroachments along roads also created hurdles in smooth flow of traffic and the traffic police should also take stern action against encroachers.

Moreover, special squads comprise officials from TMAs and Cantonment authorities should also be constituted for removing encroachments. He advised the city traffic police to follow the footsteps of Motorway police for setting new examples. RPO, however, admitted the difference of duty hours and other facilities between the two traffic forces.

“The CPO should hold meetings with all the departments concerned to improve the situation of traffic in the city,” Wisal said. He asked the CTO to depute wardens on all the pickets along with Punjab police to take action against the juveniles.

The RPO asked the education wing of CTP to organise road safety seminars in schools, colleges and universities besides distributing pamphlets among citizens to create awareness about road safety.

Earlier, Acting CTO Yousaf Ali Shahid briefed the RPO about the measures being taken by traffic wardens to facilitate the commuters and citizens. Addressing the seminar, Rescue 1122 Safety Officer Azra Shahid also addressed the seminar.

Later, RPO Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja inspected different branches of Traffic HQ and interacted with the heads.