Chapters on traffic rules should be added to curriculum: Punjab IGP


LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Captain (r) Arif Nawaz Khan said Tuesday that the Lahore Traffic Police wardens should bring a positive change in their behaviour to win the hearts of the public by playing their role with utmost professionalism.

He expressed these views while addressing traffic wardens at Qila Gujjar Singh Police Lines. Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Captain (r) Muhammad Amin Wains, Lahore Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rai Muhammad Ejaz, PSO to Punjab IG Sajjad Hassan Khan Manj, Head Quarters Superintendent of Police Atif Nazeer and other officers of traffic police personnel were present on the occasion.

IGP Arif Nawaz said that by having a professional attitude, the traffic wardens would be better able to manage city traffic and find solutions to problems being faced by road users.

He further said that services rules for the timely promotion of traffic wardens have been constituted which would ensure promotions of wardens on the basis of seniority and other factors have been started and this promotion process would become more efficient in the future.

He also said that steps were being taken to balance the differences of monthly pay of wardens with personnel of other departments and a summary for restoration of risk allowance had also been sent to the Punjab government. Upon sanctioning of the said summary, risk allowance would be added into the monthly pays of wardens.

The IGP also lauded the services of late Traffic Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Captain (r) Ahmad Mubeen who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in Lahore with other brave officials of the police department. He said that highly educated wardens were performing their duties for the convenience of the public on roads.

While discussing the performance of Lahore Traffic Police in the current year, he said that during the campaign against juvenile drivers, the traffic police had fined 53,000 juvenile drivers while also taking written guarantees from their parents. Furthermore, 1.8 million traffic rules violators were fined, while more than 1,500 protests and sit-ins were provided cover by the traffic police.

Arif Nawaz said that a rigorous awareness campaign for the general public regarding traffic rules should also be initiated, while adding that the Punjab government was already working on the inclusion of different chapters related to traffic rules in the curriculum and Punjab Text Book Board had been given the task. He ensured the traffic wardens that their monthly reward system would be introduced at the earliest.