Karachi, the economic hub of Pakistan, had not fully recovered from the horrors of target killing that brutal road accidents have started making highlights.
In the wake of the recent traffic accidents, Karachi Police has stepped in to take the matter as an opportunity and propose the Sindh government an increase in fines for violation of different regulations.
Five people died as a result of passenger bus overturned at Karachi’s under construction University Road; including a student from the FUUST (Federal Urdu University of Science and Technology).
DIG Karachi has proposed a three times increase in existing fine for those who violate the laws as if all these incidents take place due to lenient traffic regulations while infrastructure is flawless and fully supportive for the massive Karachi traffic. A copy of the letter that proposed for an increment in fines for controlling unruly traffic is available with Outlook Pakistan.
So, Karachi traffic police is expecting that people would start following the rules only because they fear the high fines.
Now when the repeated road accidents have caused an outrage among the youth and public, police would become active to monitor the irregularities and deal with culprits who are habitual of using offensive tactics like bribes to escape a lawful overhaul.
Karachi Police already enjoys a tarnished image for taking large bribes from the bus drivers in return allowing them to move forward despite breaking the laws, overspeeding, rushing and overloading the vehicles. An increment in fines means that Police would be in the strong bargaining position to increase the rate of its bribe.
Karachi a city that is home to millions of people lacks a proper mass transit system and a developed infrastructure of transportation necessary to facilitate the daily basis commutation for people.
Construction of Greenline has further jeopardized the situation for residents as traffic is still tidy and irregular despite a high need for it to be organized and more regulated.
The increase in fines for violating the rules surely makes sense, when the government succeeds in providing a well developed and standardized infrastructure to commuters and also keeps a check and balance on corruption within the responsible departments. In the presence of irresponsible, corrupt institutes and a transportation system that is devoid of necessary check and balance how one can assume that increasing penalty would do anything better rather than pave the way for bribes.