LAHORE: The Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, has taken steps to improve the traffic system in the province by ending the requirement for a daily quota of traffic challans.
During a meeting with key officials including the Provincial Information Minister, Chief Secretary, and Chief Police Officer of Lahore, Naqvi stated that the performance of traffic wardens should not be measured by the number of tickets issued.
To improve the licensing process, Naqvi announced that licensing centers in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, and Rawalpindi would operate in two shifts seven days a week, with the Liberty Market center in Lahore working around the clock.
To address the increasing number of vehicles on the road, Naqvi revealed plans to turn the roads of Gulberg, Mall Road, Jail Road, and Ferozepur Road into model roads and improve traffic flow management.
Furthermore, to increase road safety, the CM emphasized the importance of road engineering and directed a crackdown against meat sellers and beggars on city roads.
Besides, an outreach program was also announced for the issuance of driving licenses, where traffic police teams would go to colleges to conduct driving tests and educate students on traffic rules.
Naqvi stressed the importance of considering ongoing development works and sports events, such as the PSL matches, in traffic planning and ensuring the public was informed of any road closures well in advance.
The CM also directed a prompt resolution of issues related to the promotion of traffic wardens and ordered the transfer of child beggars to the Child Welfare & Protection Bureau for rehabilitation.