Minister needs powers to take action against substandard vehicles

KARACHI: Sindh government’s transport department is seeking more powers for taking action against fitness of vehicles in the province. Currently, the power to check fitness of vehicles is vested with traffic police, which is authorized to challan vehicle owners who did not possess fitness licenses or their vehicle’s fitness was not up to criteria set by government.

Talking to PPI, Sindh Minister for Transport and Youth Affairs, Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani, said that increased accidents of public and private transport, and use of substandard compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders have forced the department to take matter into its hand.

“We are criticized by people for not taking action against substandard CNG cylinders and substandard vehicles, therefore, we have decided to bring a resolution in the provincial assembly to take powers for taking action against substandard vehicles.”

He said that Provincial Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2014 was presented by him in the Sindh assembly for getting these powers from the traffic police. He said that the current bill would also allow transport department officials to take action against vehicles for not fulfilling fitness criteria.

The minister said that before the legislation, the department can only issue directions to traffic police and it was upto their authorities to take action against the vehicle and their owners but the legislation would be helpful in improving vehicle fitness level, which would be supportive for limiting number of incidents that caused deaths of innocent people.

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