KARACHI: Karachi will soon have an updated and modern motor vehicle test mechanism so as to phase-out rusty, faulty and outdated vehicles from the city roads, said Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui.
Chairing a meeting in his office, he said growing atmospheric pollution in the city causing wide range of diseases and allergies among the citizens is mainly because of deadly fumes emitted by old, rickety and poorly maintained vehicles.
A major number of the culprit vehicles are public buses and wagons used by hapless commuters, said Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui expressing his displeasure over absolute indifference of concerned stakeholders about the issue.
“This is besides the fact that these faulty and poorly maintained vehicles are equally responsible for frequent instances of road accidents in Karachi causing law and order situation in the city, ” said the Commissioner.
He said no mega-polis in the world is perhaps faced with vehicle fitness problems as Karachi is witnessed to be.
This ranges from frequent episodes of explosion of ill fitted CNG kits, breakage of tie-rods, brake failure etc causing serious risk to the people in general.
The Karachi Commissioner on the occasion instituted an eight member committee comprising Additional Commissioner of Karachi, Deputy
Commissioner – South, SP -Traffic, representatives of public transporters, motor vehicle inspector, RTA secretary and an expert associated with hydro carbon department.
The committee was tasked to prepare an extensive report comprising pragmatic suggestions viz a viz improvement in vehicle inspection.
Commissioner Karachi, alongwith the issue of vehicle fitness, also raised matters related to traffic signals functional in the city and the efforts being made to turn I.I.Chundrigar and Shahrah e Faisal into model roads.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner, Karachi (One), Aslam Khoso, Deputy Commissioner – South, Mustafa Jamal Kazi, Deputy Commissioner – Malir, Qazi Jan Mohammad, Additional DC – East, Agha Pervez, Additional Secretary – Transport, Abdul Wahab, Chief Implementation Officer, S.M Shakaib, SP- Sindh, Odho, General Secretary, Karachi Transport Unity, Mahmood Afridi, President, Karachi Bus Owners Association, Tariq Chaudhri, DG – Technical Services, KMC, Niaz Ahmad Soomro, Media Director, Mohammad Shabih Siddiqui and other officers associated with DMCs, KMC, Transport Department etc.
The concerned officials told the commissioner that during the current year 13,944 vehicles were challaned for poor fitness and a fine money worth Rs., 8,80, 900 was collected from the violators.
They said absence of a modern vehicle fitness assessment system was the major hindrance in abandonment of obsolete vehicles.