On Saturday Police authorities proclaimed the launch of a single lane for motorcyclists on the arterial Shahrah-e-Faisal road in Karachi. Which is a great news for motorcyclists.
“A separate ‘yellow lane’ has been launched for motorbikes on Shahrah-e-Faisal from Saturday-today,” Additional IG Karachi Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh said.
While talking to reporters, the Karachi police chief said that it would be obligatory for all bike-riders to wear helmets while an awareness campaign to this outcome will also be launched.
“This is the very first time that a separate track is being made for motorbikes along with main corridor of the city. This being a model project other major corridors will also be provided with such tracks for motorbike users,” last month Mayor Wasim Akhtar had said. The track will cover the entire distance from Malir Halt to metropole hotel in Karachi, he added.
AIG Shaikh exposed that The efforts were underway to set up a separate lane for heavy vehicles on Mai Kolachi road as well.
Discretely, DIG Traffic Karachi Javed Ali Mahar in a meeting with the ‘traffic enforcement unit’ of Shahrah-e-Faisal directed police officers to certify that all motorcyclists ride their two-wheelers in the separate lane though wearing helmets. People travelling in cars must wear seat belts as well, said a spokesperson for the traffic police.
For the meantime, Inspector General of Police Sindh Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam has directed the Karachi police chief to turn Shahrah-e-Faisal, Abdullah Haroon Road (between Metropole signal and Do Talwar roundabout) and I.I. Chundrigar Road into “model roads” with zero tolerance for violation of traffic rules.
The provincial police chief through a letter has also asked AIG Shaikh to encourage owners of petrol pumps situated within the limits of these model roads to confirm that “no fuel is sold to any motorcyclist not wearing a helmet.”