Islamabad Ministry Implements Stricter Traffic Penalties to Boost Road Safety and Enforcing stringent adherence to traffic regulations, the Ministry of Interior in Islamabad has recently introduced substantial increases in traffic fines. This move is part of a comprehensive campaign aimed at promoting responsible driving practices and curbing the escalating number of road accidents in the nation’s capital. While the initiative is well-intentioned, it has evoked a range of emotions among the city’s residents.
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Revamped Fine Structure
The new regulations bring about significant changes to the fine structure, with penalties ranging from a minimum of Rs. 500 to a substantial Rs. 8,000, contingent upon the severity of the violation. Here are some key alterations to the fine structure:
- Violations related to traffic signals will now result in a hefty fine of Rs. 2,000.
- Motorcyclists found culpable of one-way violations or underage driving will face fines of Rs. 1,000.
- Car owners will be subject to fines of up to Rs. 2,000 for similar offenses.
- Heavy Transport Vehicles (HTVs) may incur penalties of up to Rs. 8,000, depending on the nature of the violation.
Notably, these revised penalties have also been extended to encompass cyclists, a group that was largely excluded from previous regulations. Cyclists now face a Rs. 500 fine for disregarding traffic signals, signifying a notable shift in the government’s approach to enforcing road safety for all road users.
Revised Fines for Various Offenses
Additionally, fines for offenses such as tinted windows, reckless driving, and driving without a valid license have been modified. Vehicles with tinted windows will now be fined Rs. 1,500, while reckless drivers will incur fines of Rs. 2,000. Violators caught driving without a license can expect penalties ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 8,000, depending on the type of vehicle.
The issue of mobile phone use while driving, an escalating concern in today’s digital age, has also received due attention. Offenders can anticipate fines ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 8,000, depending on the seriousness of the offense.
A spokesperson from the Ministry of Interior emphasized the significance of this initiative in ongoing efforts to mitigate accidents and cultivate responsible driving habits. The primary objective is to instill a heightened sense of responsibility among drivers.
Furthermore, unregistered vehicles, illegal parking, and wrong-way driving have not escaped the authorities’ attention, with corresponding penalties now firmly in place.