Tuesday, February 3, 2009

City Police vehicles continue to bear irregular number plates

The News Report

Most police cars in the city sport illegal or irregular number plates, and even the top brass of the police is guilty of violating their own laws in this regard, investigations by The News have revealed.

The traffic police on their part are adamant that the problem is not as bad as it was some months ago, as action is now being taken against errant police vehicles. “Illegal number plates have been removed from police cars on the order of the Inspector General,” claimed Wajid Ali Durrani, DIG Traffic, when asked why police vehicles were allowed to go around with such plates. Durrani said that not only has the usage of such police mobiles been curtailed, but a campaign was initiated against VIP vehicles in this regard. Durrani added that a squad had been organised and dispatched to the Sindh Secretariat to remove illegal plates from police and official vehicles.

On the other hand, however, interviews with the security staff and police officers on duty at the Secretariat revealed that such a squad only exists on paper. In fact, official cars and police vehicles bearing such plates are seen routinely parked at the Sindh Secretariat and Civic Centre, where most of the local and provincial government offices are housed. Durrani said that nearly 40,000 vehicles have been fined for bearing illegal number plates and six million rupees in fines (Rs150 per vehicle) have been collected since the ban was imposed.

— By Mehroz Sadruddin