Non-cooperative transporters, drivers to be sent to jail: Shahbaz

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Most modern Vehicle Inspection and Certification System inaugurated; Driving Licencing Authority planned

Mohammad Salim

Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister hahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that those transporters and vehicle owners who will cooperate voluntarily will be given due respect while non-cooperative elements will be sent to police stations and jails as loss of innocent lives cannot be afforded.
He said after inaugurating the first and the most modern Vehicle Inspection and Certification System (VICS) of the country at Kala Shah Kaku, Sheikhupura.
The Chief Minister said that this latest system has been introduced with the cooperation of a prominent Swedish international company OPUS for the safety of the people travelling on roads. He said that scope of this system will be extended to the whole province. He said that this system will also reduce cases of car theft. Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has launched a big programme which has been initiated from Kala Shah Kaku. He said that a total of 39 stations will be set up under VICS in Punjab by the end of 2017, whereas, three centres will be established in Lahore.
He said that it is a big programme not in terms of cost or size but with regard to the safety of persons travelling on roads.
He said that the new system will completely change the existing setup. He said that death of passengers due to decrepit vehicles and defective breaks is a tragedy. He said that the center set up at Kala Shah Kaku under VICS is fully computerized and modern equipment has been installed for the checking of vehicles.
He said that there is also a need to improve traffic system. He said that he has personally seen traffic police officials busy on mobile phones without caring for their duty of streamlining traffic.
The Chief Minister while addressing Inspector General Police directed him to take immediate steps for improving traffic system in Punjab.
He said that it is an open secret that bogus driving licenses are issued and those holding such licenses drive carelessly which results in accidents. He said that Punjab government has also decided to establish Driving Licensing Authority to improve the system of driving licenses. He said that this authority will operate on the pattern of VICS. He said that bogus driving licenses are issued due to corruption in the existing system but now the entire system is being outsourced which will result in improvement.
He said that the elements involved in politics of sit-ins have again become active and are bent upon undermining this process. He said that after success of Pakistan Muslim League-N in Azad Kashmir elections, these elements should learn a lesson. He said that it is unfortunate that these elements are again trying to create hurdles in the process of national progress and prosperity. However, he said, Pakistani nation will not allow anyone to undermine national interests and will foil negative designs of such elements. Secretary Transport informed about the importance of the project and said that OPUS company will set up a total of 39 stations under VICS and two stations have been completed at Kala Shah Kaku and Green Town, Lahore. Chairman OPUS group Carl Magnusgreko while addressing the ceremony said that OPUS is working across the world in the field of road safety and he was deeply impressed with road infrastructure when he visited Punjab first time in 2013.
He said that measures are also necessary about road safety. Swedish Ambassador Ms. Ingrid Johansson said that it was a pleasure to work with Punjab government in the important sector of road safety and this programme will play an important role in the protection of human lives. She said that Swedish government will further promote trade and economic relations with Pakistan. Federal Minister Rana Tanvir Husain, Provincial Minister Rana Sanaullah, Chief Secretary, Assembly Members, officials of OPUS group and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

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