Quetta Karachi highway: 90% drivers have no PSV licenses
File photo: A passenger coach that collided with a car in Balochistan's Mastung district: Photo provided by Asmat Sumalani

Manan Mandokhail :

Over 90 percent of drivers have no Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licenses on the Quetta-Karachi highway. This was revealed by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Quetta, Captain (R) Sher Ali while talking to Daily Quetta Voice.

“This is one of the underlying reasons behind increasing traffic accidents on Quetta-Karachi Highway”, he mentioned. Besides narrow roads, lack of qualified and competent drivers are also causing deadly traffic accidents, Sher Ali stated.

Quetta Traffic Police launches a crackdown against the drivers

Quetta Traffic Police launched a crackdown against the drivers driving passenger coaches on the highway, which is commonly called the “Killer Highway”. During the operation, 30 drivers were fined for not possessing the PSV license. Fine from Rs. 5,000 to 15,000 were issued to the drivers by the traffic police on the spot.

Deadly traffic accidents on the highway have claimed thousands of precious human lives during the last few years. This has prompted the Quetta Traffic Police to launch a crackdown against the drivers who are not qualified to driver passenger coaches.

Government declares PSV license mandatory for the drivers

Balochistan government has made PSV license mandatory for the driver to drive a passenger coach on the Quetta-Karachi highway. Nevertheless, most of the drivers do not have proper licenses to drive passenger coaches.

According to SSP Traffic, if 50% of accidents on the Quetta-Karachi highway occur due to a single lane of the road, then 50% of accidents occur due to irresponsible driving of less experienced drivers. According to him, every month, the Quetta Traffic Police will check the passenger bus, wagon, trailer’s HTV, and PSV licenses on the highway. In case of non-availability of a license, action will be taken as per traffic rules.

Passengers have hailed the traffic police for taking action against the drivers playing with the lives of people on the busiest highway linking Balochistan with Sindh.

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