In two years, the National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) will install Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on motorways M1, M2, M3, and M4.
On Thursday, an NHMP official announced that the Motorway Police has signed an agreement with the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) through the National Highway Authority (NHA) to implement ITS.
This new system will eliminate motorway delays for commuters, the source said. He said that the Lahore-Sialkot motorway already has a completely humanless system, whereby, the motorists only pay fines and toll taxes when they exit the motorway.
The official said that the ITS system sends challans to offenders after they leave the road. However, Pakistan may not see the implementation of the exact same system as there are many obstacles.
He highlighted an example that one vehicle is often used by multiple family members, making it hard to assign the challan. He added that unregistered vehicles with open letters are also hard to track down under ITS.
He said that an accurate and efficient ITS system requires a strong database. Despite difficulties, the ITS system is a major step in the NHMP’s modernization efforts.
He stated that road users will be able to pay the challan along with the toll tax, but the ITS system would change how challans are issued and enforced on Pakistan’s national highways and motorways in the coming years.