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KP Traffic Police performance
The traffic police reforms introduced by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police are being welcomed by the general public and termed as per attached expectations of the people and need of the hour. According to details, traffic is the real “face” of police force and the civilization of any city can be easily gauged from its traffic management and a single traffic sergeant represents the whole force on the road. Likewise, heavy responsibilities devolve on traffic police in formation of a modern society. Keeping these facts in view, Peshawar traffic police are taking steps from time to time for traffic streamlining and improvement of traffic haphazard. It may be recalled that Peshawar, a fast growing metropolitan city amongst many of its other challenges, is also faced with an acute problem of traffic congestion. Peshawar also face the burden of both domestic and international traffic for Afghanistan. It was in this backdrop that Peshawar traffic police revamped the existing traffic management system and introduced a fresh traffic warden system. The new traffic warden system is predicated on the principle of public facilitation and transparent enforcement. The facilitation and awareness features include a mobile traffic workshop unit, accident recovery unit for recurring and providing relief to injured, damaged and accident vehicle. On the 2nd phase, traffic warden system was introduced in Abbottabad. An average of 8 thousands vehicles are plying in Abbottabad on daily basis while in summer season great traffic rush is being observed as the tourists thronged to the area in large number to beat the sizzling heat. Keeping this in view, traffic warden system was launched in Abbottabad. Likewise, for the first time in the history of Pakistan, Peshawar traffic police issued driving license to transgender person. The licenses were issued to transgenders at a ceremony held in Peshawar where SSP traffic handed over the licenses to transgenders of Peshawar. A total of 300 transgender have applied for the driving license and they would be issued the driving license in various phases and in each phases. As a next step, Peshawar traffic police also issued driving licence to the Christian community in a ceremony held at a church in Peshawar Cantt. The SSP traffic himself visited the church and issued driving licenses to the Christian community. The Christian community welcomed this good gesture of Peshawar traffic police and assured all possible help to the traffic police. Likewise, efforts are going on to merge the Fata into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and establish the writ of the provincial govt there. Peshawar traffic police took the lead by issuing driving licenses to some of the tribal mens and thus won the hearts and minds of the tribal people. The Peshawar traffic warden police also launched a campaign “Salam Pakistan”. Under the plan, different traffic teams replaced old National flags with new one on various govt and commercial buildings. The basic aim of the campaign is to sensitize the public and instilled the spirit of patriotism in them. Similarly, traffic staff is also educating the students of different schools through lecture classes about the traffic rules and regulations, road safety, lane discipline and alternate route of BRT. Due to the sheer hard work of traffic warden officials and inclement weather, no traffic jamming and traffic hazard took place despite mega project of BRT. In order to further polish the hidden capabilities of traffic officials, a traffic management school has been established at Kohat in which so far 188 jawans were imparted necessary training regarding traffic laws in two courses conducted in the school. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police license branch issued 1036621 computerized driving licenses in the last few years. The break up of these license is: Peshawar 268235, Swat 676800, Mardan 64386, Nowshera 59093, DIKhan 57007, Abbottabad 56615, Charsadda 51865, Bannu 44743, Kohat 43435, Swabi 42489, Mansehra 41644, Dir Lower 41604, Haripu 31034, Karak 29726, Buner 24522, Dir Upper 22175, Tank 20968, Hangu 17139, Lakki Marwat 16009, Chitral 13144, Shangla 11725 and Battagram 11383. On violation of traffic rules and regulations, 177701 vehicles were impounded and fine to the tune of 47028450 were imposed. In the campaign, even the elected representatives i.e, Senators, MNAs, MPAs federal and provincial ministers and government officers were fined on traffic violations.