Transporters observing countrywide strike against the increase in fines

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As reported, in November 2019, the government made a decision to increase fines by 250% to 300% levied on all sorts of vehicles. This sparked resistance from the transportation sector that saw the increase in fines as unacceptable and exorbitant. The All Pakistan Transport Owners Federation (APTOF) has decided to go on a countrywide strike to oppose the increase in fines. The increase in fines is related to overspeeding, dangerous driving, and other traffic violations. This was done to decrease the number of accidents and traffic violations. 

The increase in fines is levied on all highways and motorways and has the approval of the Federal Cabinet. The APTOF is willing to continue the strike until the government decides to withdraw the notification increasing fines. An increase in toll taxes like those levied on the Lahore Ring Road also gave a motive to APTOF to observe nationwide strike. Protests by the APTOF will take place in twelve different areas of Lahore as well. All types of vehicles will be a part of this strike, including vehicles transporting food items. Buses, both non-air-conditioned and air-conditioned, are also set to take part in the strike. Mini Mazda Association has also stepped in the calls for protests and strikes against exorbitant fines and taxes levied on the transportation sector. 

The APTOF has stated that it has gone on a nationwide strike from Peshawar to Karachi after the failure of talks with the government. According to the DIG of National Highways and Motorways Police (NHMP), higher penalties lead to safer roads for everyone. Before the increase fines, PKR 750 was being charged across the board for traffic violations on highways. For overspeeding, motorbikes will pay PKR 1,500, cars PKR 2,500, trucks PKR 5,000, and public transport vehicles PKR 10,000. The highest fine is being levied on public transport vehicles as they carry at least 25 to 30 passengers. Overspeeding with these, many people put a lot of lives at risk. Drivers of public transport vehicles need to be more responsible. 

On dangerous driving, motorbikes and cars have to pay PKR 5,000, and heavy-duty vehicles have to pay PKR 10,000. The fine for the wrong u-turn and wrong overtaking is set at PKR 1,00 for cars and motorbikes and PKR 3,000 from commercial vehicles. For public service vehicles, transporting passengers less than 30% exceeding the allowable limit will be fined PKR 5,000. For commercial vehicles, transporting goods less than 15% exceeding the allowable limit will be fined PKR 10,000. For violations related to traffic signals, PKR 5,000 on the red light, PKR 2,000 on flashing red, and PKR 1,000 on amber flashing to be paid in fine. 

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  1. Mudassar says

    Mtlb bandy k puttar ban k nai chalani.

  2. Muzammil Faisal says

    Hamari awam esi hi he. Chori pher seena zori. Bhai rules na break karo to 1 rupay ka challan bhi nai hoga. Wrong way jana, signal torna, driving karte hue phone pe bat karna, turn signal ka use na karna, 40 ki speed par fast lane me dheeto ki tarha chalna to mamuli si bat he.

  3. Mudassar says

    Exactly, yahi jb even in motorway py drive karty hain tu 99% bandy ban jaty hain.

    Jb Gulf ya Europe jaty hain tu sb se zaida yahi rules follow karty 🙁

    Acha hy challan hony chahye, lakin jo mamay chachy ko phone mila laity hain, unn ka double challan ho tu kafi behtari ho jye.

  4. Syed Mahmood Ahmad says

    Still in Sindh motorway, trucks are using fast track with 50 KM sperd, no one challan them.
    In Punjab all trucks are forced to follow lane rules.

  5. Guest says

    Isme asal qasoor mamay chachay ka hai. Wo agar agay se reply karde ke beta mene police ya foj men bari seat isi lyay li he ke “awam ki madad he farz hamara”. Is lyay nh li ke apne rishtaedaron ko qanoon torne men madad dun.
    Mamay chachae ko phne bhi usi wqt kia jata he jb wo madad krn. Wrna to log rishtedaron ko salon nh puchte.

  6. Guest again says

    Ap ahmaqon ki jannat mn rhte ho. Ap rules break kro na kro. Agar ap gareb ho ya kamzor ho to apka challan hoga. Aur ap koi baray chodhry ya waderay ho to apko khoon bhi maaf he. Aur agar ap govt officer to apko khoon bilkul muaf he jbhi to police ay din kisi ko bhi hoot kar deti he aur kch bhi saza nh hoti.

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