In a proactive effort to enhance road safety and promote environmental sustainability, the Punjab provincial government, under the interim leadership, has initiated significant measures. The ban on vehicles lacking car fitness certificates and permits on highways and motorways, announced in the presence of Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, signifies a pivotal collaboration between the government and the National Highways and Motorway Police.
Recent agreements between the Punjab Transport Department and the Motorway Police now mandate the active sharing of information regarding vehicle fitness and route permits. To ensure the seamless implementation of this initiative, focal persons will be appointed by both departments to oversee information exchange and enforce rule compliance.
These measures align with the provincial government’s broader strategy to address environmental challenges, particularly the smog issue in Punjab. Caretaker CM Mohsin Naqvi, during the announcement, lauded the environmentally friendly initiative, highlighting its role in creating a healthier and cleaner environment for Punjab residents.
Simultaneously, in an effort to regulate unregistered Chingchi rickshaws, CM Naqvi declared a one-month window for owners to register their vehicles for free. Post this period, unregistered rickshaws will not be permitted on the roads. This move contributes to road safety and supports the government’s commitment to organized and regulated transport systems.
Furthermore, to enhance emergency response capabilities, the caretaker CM unveiled plans for a trauma center along the Lahore-Islamabad M2 Motorway, with support from the National Highway Authority. This development underscores the government’s dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of commuters on these vital transportation routes.
The introduction of mandatory car fitness certificates and route permits for motorway entry represents a commendable effort to ensure a safe journey and contribute to a healthier environment.