Islamabad - Inspector General National Highways & Motorways Police Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema has said that the Motor Vehicle Examiner departments, working at district level have become hub of corruption and provincial governments pay no heed to the malpractices being carried out there.

Keeping in view the mounting accident rate at highways and motorways, the motorway police have decided to launch a special campaign against the mechanically unfit vehicles. IG National Highways & Motorways Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema has instructed all the officers of NH&MP to launch a special campaign against mechanically unfit vehicles. Those vehicles would not be allowed to come on motorways and highways that do not hold valid fitness certificate. He has also asked the zonal commanders to initiate stern action against the offenders as per law.

A press release issued here Thursday said it has been observed that brake failure, tyre burst and other mechanical faults of the vehicles have emerged as the major cause of serious accidents and loss of precious lives on highways and motorways. The IG directed all zonal commanders to start all-out efforts to control such accidents and launch special briefing campaigns to sensitize road-users in this respect.

The IG said that passengers overloading in PSVs should not be tolerated in any case and those who carry passengers on the roof top of the vehicles would be dealt strictly. He said usually transporters get fitness certificates of the vehicles by implying unfair means and this practice needs to be curbed. He observed that MVE departments have become hub of corruption as anyone can get fitness certificate for a faulty vehicle and this warrants drivers with the license to kill innocent people.  “The government should take notice of this life threatening issue and should encourage private sector to establish institutions of international standard for vehicle fitness examination,” he added.

The IG also expressed his concerns over the prevailing system of issuing driving licenses at district level which does not hold proper driving test and added that the district driving license authorities should follow the standards set by NH&MP for issuing driving licence.  Following the directions, National Highways & Motorways Police has restricted the entry of mechanically unfit vehicles on highways and motorways to save precious lives of innocent commuters.

Issuance of licences to incapable drivers, fitness certificates of unfit vehicles and deteriorating condition of roads has become major cause of fatal accidents and the government must take prompt action in this regard. He also urged media to play its role in sensitising and educating masses about the concept of road safety.