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June 9, 2014
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Motorway police’s new drivers licence system to set new standards

June 9, 2014

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Islamabad
The National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) is all set to touch another milestone in inking history to polish the society by contributing their role towards the improvement in policing system.
“It would be experienced for the first time in the licensing history that driving licences would be issued to handicapped drivers too in different categories,” the sources disclosed. The Licensing Office at Line Headquarters of NH&MP, Islamabad, will be inaugurated by IG NH&MP in mid of June, the sources said.
This time, Zulfiqar Cheema led NH&MP, internationally acclaimed for its professionalism and service oriented policing, are ready to introduce new drivers licensing system based on a globally approved stricter criteria for issuance of licenses, as compared to other drivers licenses issuing authorities. A senior officer of the Motorway Police confirmed this development and informed that the new license will meet the international standards and contain features, which will make it highly distinctive and credible document, nationally as well as internationally. This includes introduction of basic test for issuance of drivers permits, inclusion of taxis as Public Service Vehicles (PSVs), divisions of HTV vehicles into new categories according to their loading capacity and number of wheels, division of PSVs according to their seating capacity.
To discourage driving of HTVs and PSVs by young and inexperienced drivers, often endangering the lives of road users and passengers, strict new conditions, in terms of enhanced age and experience limits, have also been envisaged for LTV, HTV and PSVs, the concerned officer the NH&MP said. “For the first time the Overseas Pakistanis would be issued hassle-free drivers licenses whenever they would require,” the officer said adding that the NH&MP has also made special provisions for issuance of licenses to the handicapped and Pakistani national requiring driving permits while travelling abroad. To

ensure that only the most eligible drivers to come on roads, licenses will be issued to only those persons who pass a very elaborate and comprehensive theoretical and practical driving test under the new system.
All the details pertaining to a license holder would be Nadra verified and to further ensure authenticity of applicants, the licenses would be delivered only through an authorized courier service. The inspector general further informed that NH&MP will initially start issuance of drivers’ licenses from Islamabad, but subsequently expand this facility to other parts of the country, too.
Many road safety experts have welcomed this new trend setting initiative by the National Highway and Motorway Police, a premier agency in traffic law enforcement and road safety in Pakistan. This will definitely compel the hundreds of other drivers licenses issuing authorities in the country to follow suit and introduce tougher criterion for issuance of drivers licenses especially for HTV and PSVs.
In this context NH&MP’s new licensing system will also go a long way, in improving the quality of driving on national highways and motorways and reducing accident related deaths and injuries; caused mostly due to ill trained and ineligible drivers’ faults.
“There will be about 13 exposed and hidden internationally approved security features in the NH&MP driving license,” the sources said adding that the license could not be forged or tempered. Inspector General of NH&MP, Zulfiqar Cheema when contacted for his comments, confirmed the report saying that the NH&MP are going to create new history, adding that the driving licenses issued by the NH&MP would enhance the credibility of the country in the entire world as the license holder would go through all internally approved requirements and driving test including written and practical trials. He said that state-of-the-art office has been constructed in Line Headquarters of NH&MP at H-8 in Islamabad.
The IG NH&MP said that the new and credible licensing system is being initiated from the federal capital Islamabad and taken to other major cities of the country. “All provincial capital cities - Karachi, Lahore, Quatta and Peshawar - will be covered first then the licensing system will be set in other major cities of the country including Multan, Haiderabad, Sakar, Mardan, Faisalabad and Shekhupura,” Zulfiqar Cheema concluded.

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