Over 13000 unregistered rickshaws in Quetta: SSP Traffic
Senior Superintendent of Police Quetta, Saeed Gul Afridi speaking to Quetta Voice in an exclusive interview: Photo provided by the author

Over 13000 unregistered rickshaws in Quetta: SSP Traffic

Manan Khan :

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic, Saeed Gul Afridi on Tuesday revealed that the number of unregistered rickshaws in Quetta city was over 13,000. “We have launched a crackdown against illegal rickshaws and non-customs paid vehicles”, Mr. Afridi told Quetta Voice in an exclusive interview.

When asked about policemen reportedly operating illegal rickshaws, he said, “we have also heard and will not spare anyone”. SSP traffic mentioned that traffic police had seized one rickshaw and the driver revealed that it was owned by a sub-inspector. However, traffic police did not find documents relating to ownership of the police sub-inspector, Mr. Afridi said.

Crackdown launched against illegal rickshaws and non-customs paid vehicles 

Yet to another question, he said a crackdown already launched against vehicles with tinted glasses in the city. So far, traffic police have recovered dozens of vehicles with tinted glasses, he added.

Mr. Afridi informed that during 2021 traffic police have challaned over 55,000 vehicles over traffic violations. The vehicle owners deposited Rs. 1,99, 31,750 in government treasury.

IG police Balochistan issues strict instructions

He said the Inspector General of Police had issued strict instructions to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the city. Our priority is a smooth flow of traffic in the city, Mr. Afridi said. He urged the parents not to hand over vehicles to their under-age sons since they are causing fatal traffic accidents.

650 traffic policemen performing their duties in Quetta 

To another question, he said currently 650 traffic police officials were performing their duties in Quetta city. He said, “we have proposed 50 to 55 further traffic deployment sites to ensure uninterrupted traffic in the city”.

Citizens of Quetta continue to face the issue of the worst traffic jam. It is very difficult for citizens to reach their destinations and people spend most of their time in a traffic jam. Women, school children, and aged people remained the worst sufferers of traffic jam issues in the city.

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