Rawalpindi Traffic Police to Launch a Smartphone App for Commuters

Rawalpindi City Traffic Police (CTP), in a bid to help ease traffic-related problems, will be launching a smartphone application.

Muhammad bin Ashraf, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) stated that the application will help inform people about driving licenses, and with the help of integration with Google Maps, provide live traffic updates. The application will be able to help provide with road congestion updates as well as guide the motorists to the nearest bank to deposit a fine and inform them about protests, blockages through advisory messages.

Although the CTP has conducted several anti-encroachment drives and has cleaned up several areas, no permanent solution has been sought. The CTP has created teams to remove and impound vehicles that violate the parking instructions, he further stated.

He cautioned motorists from parking in non-parking areas as well as roadsides because that leads to traffic jams and creates problems for the wider public.

He asked the citizens to obey the traffic laws and that would help lessen the traffic on the road and help cut down on road accidents.

The CTP is bringing computerized tests for both Light Traffic Vehicles (LTV) and Heavy Traffic Vehicles (HTV) driving licenses for greater transparency in the traffic sign testing system. The new system will bring accountability and help achieve greater efficiency according to the CTO.

The CTP officials have already begun using the new system and have started conducting a computerized test for road signs for LTV and HTV driving licenses, he added. He further added that this has been done to boost the workings of the CTP Licensing Branch.

A new information desk is also being set up at the entrance of the Traffic Police headquarters, which would help guide potential applicants through the procedure of obtaining a license. He added that the new testing system has been designed to ask questions revolving around the most practiced traffic rules and which should be common knowledge for every license holder.

He lauded the Driving Test System team and stated that the team has been directed not to compromise on merit and transparency and the new system should help put an end to the misuse of powers and cut down on malpractices.

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