On the directions of Inspector General of Police, Punjab Captain (R) Arif Nawaz Khan, DIG traffic Punjab has issued the instructions to all DPOs and Chief Traffic Police Officers to launch crackdown against smoke emitting vehicles on roads in order to control accidents caused by smog in their respective districts.
Issuing instructions for traffic management in the weather of smog and fog, DIG Traffic Punjab Muhammad Farooq Mazher has directed that a strict legal action will be taken against smoke emitting, broken lights and without indicators vehicles plying on roads. He also directed the Officers to ensure that smoke emitting vehicles will not be spared from legal proceedings and also furnish the report of all detained vehicles on daily basis.
He further said that during smog there should be no congestion of traffic on roads or Chowk and Traffic Police officers themselves should ensure to regulate the smooth flow of traffic instead of traffic signals. If smog is prevalent, Drivers should also be bound to keep head lights, fog lights and indicators switched on even in day time.
Drivers of buses and trucks should not exceed speed from limited speed. Yellow papers should be fastened with fog lights in order to avoid accidents. Operation against smoke emitting commercial and public service vehicles should be carried out with mutual cooperation of respective institutions. Media awareness campaign should be started to decrease traffic accidents.
All vehicles plying on roads including buses, tractors, trolley, donkey carts, and other vehicles should use reflectors and stickers to avoid accidents. Special Highway squad should be deployed on important points of Highways. During fog and smog the officers of Punjab Highway Patrolling, Motorway Police, Rescue 1122 and hospitals should be well connected to regulate traffic management and to curb traffic accidents. In the letter, it has been further directed that all available resources should be utilized for avoidance of traffic accidents.