Last month it was reported that the Sindh Government is seriously considering to make it necessary for locals to install tracking devices on their bikes in a bid to filter out criminal elements from the province. According to officials, almost 95 percent of crimes are done using motorbikes, and with a tracking device, it will be easier for them to track down criminals. It will also curb the street crime as well. Keeping in view the above agenda in mind the government has formally announced that all bike owners should install a tracking device on their bikes.
The bike owners will be dealt with punishment if found not using tracking device in their bikes after the six months of the order. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal.
Moreover, the government has asserted that it would be mandatory for the people of Sindh to register their bikes. It is pertinent to mention here that tracking devices in bikes would not be installed by any dealer out there except the list of authorized dealers which government will issue shortly.
The government also directed rickshaw drivers to register their vehicles without any delay.
The decision taken by the Sindh Government is good step indeed. However, there are many hurdles to implement it in a smooth way such as people in the province mostly buy Chinese bikes which house low-end wiring and specification and if installed tracking device in them it is quite possible that the device might not work properly.
Moreover, the other hurdle is that people don’t have the purchase capacity even to buy a helmet how could they install a tracking device on the bike which costs a couple of thousand rupees. So government should think on this matter through before clamping down on local bikers.
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