School vans and buses with faulty CNG kits to be impounded

KARACHI: Chairman, Regional Transport Authority and Commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Wednesday said school buses and van fitted with substandard or faulty CNG kits must be impounded.

This, he ordered chairing a meeting to review the pace and progress of campaign launched against rickety public vehicles, mainly those of obsolete models and also that are being run on faulty gas cylinders or sub-standard CNG kits,

Siddiqui said public life can not be put at risk, under any pretext, hence immediate and strict action will continue to be taken against school vans and buses alongwith other vehicles, found using faulty CNG kits.

He said the ongoing snap checking must necessarily put equal attention towards school buses and vans adding that administration would not succumb to any pressure in its endeavour to ensure absolute nil presence of such public vehicles on the roads.

Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, Ghazanfar Ali Qadri informed the meeting that during snap checking on Tuesday and Wednesday noon 144 vehicles were challaned and a fine of Rs. 1,64,400 was imposed while nine of the other vehicles violating the maintenance
and safety standard rules were also impounded by the traffic police.

He said concerned assistant commissioners, SP – Traffic Police, HDIP technician alongwith RTA staffers are part of the teams conducting snap checking across the metropolis.

Qadri said owners and drivers of school buses found violating the required safety standards were strictly warned and given a minimum time bar for removal of faulty kits and cylinders.

Commissioner of Karachi, However, directed him that no concession be extended to any violator particular those used by children and commoners.

“These are extremely precious lives, ” he reiterated.

The meeting among others was also attended by Additional Commissioner for Karachi (one), Mohammad Aslam Khoso, Director, Local Government, Rubina Asif, Assistant Commissioner (General), Shahzaib Shaikh and others.