City: No overloading to be allowed on motorways, highways: Arbab Alamgir Khan

Islamabad: The Minister for Communications Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan has said that overloading is responsible to destroy national roads and is extremely dangerous for national economy.

He said that no overloading would be allowed on motorways & highways and ordered IG Motorway Police to devise an action plan to combat overloading. He passed these remarks while chairing a high level meeting at National Highways & Motorway Police headquarters at Islamabad.

The meeting was attended by IG NH&MP Zafar Abbas Lak, Shahid Yar Khan DIG Headquarters, AIG Log Abbas Ahsan, AIG (Establishment) Ashfaq Khan and other senior officers of NH&MP and Ministry.

The Minister ordered motorway police to initiate a welfare plan for the professional drivers and IG NH&MP asked in his briefing that all professional drivers are inducted in EOBI system by NH&MP and good professional drivers who have not met with an accident would be awarded financially by NH&MP at country level in every year.

The IG said that 76 Help Centers (police posts) were being established at N-5 from Karachi to Peshawar with a cost of 60 crore rupees which would facilitate the road users in any type of distress at N-5.

The IGP Zafar Abbas lak assured the Minister that the action against overloaded vehicles is being taken all over the country and the rule of law is being followed by every officer. He also assured them that no overloaded vehicle from Karachi to Peshawar would be allowed to enter on motorways & highways.

He said that special measures have already been taken at Karachi toll plaza to return back overloaded vehicles. The IGP also informed the Minister that a Conference to highlight the road safety initiatives is being called at Islamabad next month which would be attended by all stake holders e.g. Traffic heads, RT Secretaries, ETOs, Road traffic engineers etc.