LAHORE - Traffic mess has become a routine during peak hours especially outside schools, colleges and other educational institutes in the provincial capital.

Traffic jam due to wrong parking coupled with encroachments outside educational institutions during peak hours has become nuisance for motorists, said a citizen Iftikhar Niazi while talking to APP.

He said that violation of traffic rules, encroachments on roads, negligence of traffic wardens, using mobile phones while driving, illegal wrong parking and lack of awareness among people about traffic rules were the reasons of traffic mess. Another citizen Nadeem Butt said that traffic police or district administration did nothing to improve traffic system in the city, adding that there was no proper traffic flow management outside educational institutions as long queues of vehicles could be seen there during peak hours.

He said that traffic wardens failed to regulate traffic during school and office timings due to which gridlock of vehicles has become a routine matter on Wahdat Road, Jail Road, Canal Road, Thokar Niaz Baig, Macleod Road and others.  A group of students alleged that traffic wardens lose temper and their attitude towards motorists are very rude and they issue challan ticket just to show efficiency.

They said that traffic wardens should behave politely with the people as it was a better way to educate the people, adding that traffic rules should be implemented strictly and driving licenses should be cancelled of those who violate traffic rules. City Traffic Police (CTP) sources told this scribe the CTP had taken effective measures to ensure smooth flow of traffic on roads adding that they had got registered cases against encroachers during a crackdown at various parts of the city. The CTP has embarked upon a comprehensive traffic plan with the cooperation of other departments to ensure traffic flow on roads during peak hours besides taking strict action against traffic rules violators.