Authorities in Peshawar take action against cat eyes

Authorities in Peshawar have decided to remove cat eyes on roads, as it is very dangerous not only for the motorists, especially the motorcycle riders, but also for the vehicles in general (tires and suspension).

Keeping the dangerous aspect of cat eyes in view, Peshawar High Court has instructed the authorities to remove them from the roads. The authorities in compliance with court’s instruction have started removing them, but only in the city of Peshawar. People are praising Peshawar High Court directive. Furthermore, they are also arguing and criticizing that authorities are just removing them from Peshawar and not across the province.


It is to be noted here that coming into contact with cat eyes often wear the tire quickly, burdening your pocket as you have to buy new tires before their recommended change time. According to a news report, almost 90pc of tire bursts on roads happen due to these metallic studs (cat eyes). Many concerned Pakistanis have sent lots of applications to NHA to replace the steel cat eyes with the rubber ones, but till now no action has been taken by the authority.

The decision of Peshawar High Court is indeed good, and all local authorities of cities across Pakistan should take the initiative and remove or replace the cat eyes abruptly. General (retd) Khalid Shameem Wynne, the 14th chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) and his friend lost their lives due to a tire blowout. It is believed that the tire of the car at high speed, when came in contact with the cat eyes, resulted in a tire blowout. However, authorities till now have not found any evidence as to how the tire exploded.

cat-eyes-road-pakistan-1 discussed in a previous article; how to react if you face a tire burst. Check that here.

Drive Safely and Keep Motoring!


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  1. capsat says:

    under the name of CAT EYEs

    across Pakistan Road Studs & Divider reflectors made of metal from 3rd class quality are used.
    please educate your members here about identification (specs) of CAT eyes and road studs.

  2. qwertz says:

    A few days ago I went to see the newly constructed underpass on Gurumanget road, Gulberg III Lahore, the entire area before the railway bridge is 'decorated' with perhaps thousands of these brutal cat eyes. Since this place is famous for its traffic rush, I had to drive on far left side and the sound which came was simply terrifying. It was as if small minions are lying on the road with screw drives and other hard metal devices which scratch the underside of your car brutally. I am sure the damage to tires/ suspension is there.

  3. They must be removed all over the country. In addition to that the speed breakers must also be removed. A law should be passed that only govt will be allowed to build speed breakers. Yahan to jiska dil kerta hy apny ghar k agay speed breaker banwa deta hy aur nyi road ka bera garak ho jata hy.

  4. jnkhan says:

    A retired four star general became the latest victim of vehicle burst tire at high speed on the motorway. It probably was a metal cat-eye that can be blamed for this tragic accident.(even though there is lack of evidence)

    These metal cat-eyes when worn out and broken (due to lack of maintenance and too much wear and tear) act as sharp knives on the tires when they roll over them at high speeds. A tire burst at such a speed is fatal.

    DHA Lahore seems to have taken this accident seriously and started changing the size, shape and material of speed breakers all over. Earlier DHA Lahore speed breakers, cat-eye barriers, plastic bumps etc. were a royal bane for any traveler on its roads. Now the speed breakers are 12 feet long and only 6~9 inches high so that there is minimal suspension shock when passing over these. These are made of high strength concrete pavers that are hard wearing and replaceable.

    A long time ago Model Town used to have such speed breakers around the central park.
    speed bump used in parking lots

    Roads are supposed to make travel fast, safe and comfortable without reducing too much speed killing the whole purpose of traveling by road. No where would you see the rampant and indiscriminate use of cat-eyes as in many roads being as speed breaker

    So its time that planners of other jurisdictions should sensibly design road networks and manage traffic without indiscriminate use of cat-eyes and other obstructions actually design for parking lots.

  5. roboxx says:

    Under the name of cat eyes across Pakistan road studs & divider reflectors made of metal from 3rd class quality are used which are equally dangerous for bikers as well as other vehicles. Mostly these are worn out and have sharp spikes which are real threat to the tyres and ultimately the lives of people. These big CAT EYES should not be used as speed bumps and dividers.

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