SHC seeks report on actions to end transport torments

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed provincial transport authorities and traffic police to place on record a report outlining proposed comprehensive measures to mitigate the transport woes, particularly overloading of public transport buses in the city.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar gave these directions while hearing a petition filed by NGO, Raah-e-Raast Trust, that sought action against transporters for overloading buses to mint more money.

The bench sought comments from secretary regional transport authority and DIG traffic police in response to a petition. It also directed them to explain issues of unfit vehicles plying in the city, lack of safety measures, reckless driving and issues regarding school transport.

Agha Syed Attaullah Shah, the chairman of the trust, stated in petition that capacity of public vehicles to carry commuters is clearly tabulated in Manual of Motor Vehicle Laws and its enforcement is inevitable for ensuring safety and security of passengers.

He said that transporters are not allowed under law to overload their vehicles and allow passengers to stand on footboards and cling to windows and sit on rooftops of the buses. Shah said that act of transporters to overload their vehicles is also tantamount to commit Qatl-i-Amd as they put lives of commuters at risk.

He requested the court to declare the overloading of public transport buses illegal and directed transport authorities to stop all such illegal activities.

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