Over 0.7m traffic tickets issued in federal capital


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) issued as many as 729,221 tickets to road users during the past 10 months for violation of traffic rules.

According to ITP spokesman, the police had penalised 151,004 motorbike riders for not wearing helmets, while 66,074 tickets were issued for careless driving.

Moreover, a total of 39,257 motorists were handed tickets for lane violations, 24,583 were caught using mobile phones while driving, around 17,835 tickets were issued over wrong parking and 16,148 tickets were issued for over speeding.

The police said 13,020 motorists were fined for using tinted glasses while 538 were fined for smoke emitting vehicles.

As many as 24,384 motorists were flagged down after jumping a red light.

The police also continued their campaign against the use of unapproved designs of number plates and unregistered vehicles.

A total of 25,907 tickets were issued to drivers using fancy number plates, while 46,952 motorists were issued tickets for driving without using a seat belt.

SSP (Traffic) Farrukh Rasheed said a campaign was underway to ensure a disciplined system of traffic in the city, urging the citizens to follow rules.

He said the ITP personnel had been directed to ensure implementation of traffic rules and regulations irrespective of their status and rank.

He further urged them to demonstrate patience and politeness while issuing traffic tickets to the road users.

SSP Rasheed said they were utilising all available resources to facilitate the general public.

“The force issues traffic violation tickets, not as a punitive measure, but the purpose is to ensure safe road environment in the capital and secure the lives of the people,” he explained.