Good or Bad Move? Karachi Traffic Police Considers Increasing Challan Fees

Karachi, the largest and most populous city in Pakistan, and also the trade hub of the country has been rapidly expanding without any kind of informal infrastructure. This also includes any kind of traffic management system.

In order to deter law-breaking motorists in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi Traffic Police has decided to come up with stricter measures. In a recent move by the Deputy Inspector General of Karachi Police, Asif Aijaz Shaikh, the penalties on traffic violations are to be increased and are currently under discussion.

With the increased penalties, it is expected that the traffic violations and road fatalities will get reduced.

Here are the enhanced fine amounts that are being proposed based on the offence(s):

Questions Remain

However, the question arises that if there is no proper traffic infrastructure in the city or any kind of basic knowledge being given to the public, is the increased penalty justified?

Over the years, most of the public have relied on the city’s damaged and ever-deteriorating public transport but the number of private cars on the roads have increased. Because of this, the majority of the drivers that one encounters are devoid of any knowledge about basic traffic rules or regulations.

Let alone being familiar with traffic rules and regulations, most don’t even have valid driving licenses. Combine this illiteracy with high amount of fines and what do you get? People trying to bribe their way out and policemen who will be happy to accept such an act.

Citizens of the metropolis are subjected to getting bribed by the local police. They have also been caught red-handed on the roads while shamelessly accepting bribes, as evidenced by a number of videos seen in social media.

This trend is nothing new as in October 2015, media outlets reported that around 842 officials were found involved in corruption.

One question comes to mind. A person who is about to get fined Rs. 2,000 for violating a traffic signals will without hesitation give Rs. 500 or even Rs. 1,000 to the traffic police in order to get free and the police will happily accept it too. Will the increased fine amounts help deter people from this menace?

Bribery can only be stopped once the public is well informed about any kind of traffic and regulations so that they don’t violate any of them in the first place. Secondly, the traffic police should be kept under strict supervision to make sure that none of them support or take part in such an unethical behavior.

Source: Morenews

      • kyun keh ye qaum aisay nahi sudhray gii .. I remember in USA, just for breaking signal, I was fined $300 and in $300 you can easily do grocery for whole house for 2 weeks :) so you can imagine the pain in paying back the fine ..

        In my opinion, fines should be 2000 Rs. minimum while going up to 5000 Rs. There should be a time limit to which you can pay your fine. If you do not pay your fine, then like USA, police has the right to issue warrants against your name.

        Danda peer qaum danday se hi sudhray gii bhai jaan .. aur koi solution hai to batain :)

        • Kam hai 10k bhi. Meray khayal se pori salary honi chahiay ek banday ki (chahay jitni bhi ho) taakay uski pori family bhooki mar jae lekn rishwat khoroun ka pait bharay bas :/

          Fine barhana hai to roads ki halat bhi behtar krni hogi. Motay peet walay jaahil aur ghatia logoun ko tarbeyat bhi deni hogi k kaise baat krte hain beghair wardi walay banday se.

  • Very good step. Next step should be to fine the people on a little mistake instead listen their lame exuses, get the help from Cameras and fix this culprits (including me if i am wrong).

    This has to be implemented all across Pakistan.

  • This Fine fee should be spent on new hiring in traffic staff and their training + Rewards.

    same way, culprits should be hanged in this traffic department.

    where there is a award there would be punish.

  • The rule abiding driving that we’re so fascinated by, in the west, is mainly due to its very high fines. So it’s a pretty nice move.

  • yeah very good move, fine should be start from 10,000/=
    But first remove the corruption from your roots, first make the basic roads infrastructure, once the city of lights is now a city of dense of dust, first make sure the officers (police or traffic police) follow those rules.
    you can easily find out the traffic police are the major one who break the traffic rules, they don’t wear helmet, they are the one who drive the wrong ways, same with sindh police.

  • Very good move BUT they have to make sure that it should be implemented for EVERYONE, including the Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Army Ggenerals as well (i.e. all of the their protocol cars in the convoy)

  • They must start an awareness campingn first by putting banners on street about these revised rate with implimation date ?.

  • Oh My God! I wish this is not implemented at all. When fines are small, people who commit them are more likely to pay them. This will also deter them from future violations. But if the fines are as enormous as proposed, this will open the door for more corruption. How much do you think the Traffic Officer will demand as bribe when your actual fine is Rs 3000 instead of Rs 500. People will now gladly pay Rs 1000 as bribe and save Rs 2000.
    And what about the system of Traffic Police where they are instructed by their seniors to complete their quota for 200 chalans or so per day. They can stop you for extremely mundane reasons and you will have to pay bribe to avoid these huge chalans. Traffic Police will find a way to fine you even if you are driving a brand new car and have all proper docs and driving by the rules, you can’t win unless you call your sources.

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