KARACHI: Karachi Traffic Police Department’s drive of Mobile License Service to issue learner’s licenses to youth and corporate sector at their doorsteps could not be resumed yet even after one and half year when it was stopped due to some technical fault.
This drive was inaugurated by IGP Sindh in 2013 at Karachi Press Club but still remains unfruitful for the Karachiites due to lack of seriousness of the concerned officers in traffic police.
Despite the tall claims made by Traffic Department’s (Licensing and Training) higher police authorities that the drive would be re-initiated very soon in the city, they have failed to repair the fault of the mobile van and its computers in last one and half year.
One of the main reasons behind traffic jams in the city is untrained and negligent drivers who do not have valid licenses and proper driving training.
The IGP, Ghulam Haider Jamali, viewing the situation of reckless driving in the metropolis, had announced to issue learner’s driving licenses through special mobile licenses issuing vans on the pattern of mobile vans of NADRA. He had announced that this mobile service will issue learner’s licenses to students at universities and colleges and also to corporate sector, but the inefficient and corrupt bureaucracy of police failed to run this project smoothly. It is said that corrupt license issuing officials get bribes from citizens for issuing them driving licenses and this mobile van service was a threat to their black income so they ganged up to make this positive initiative of traffic police failed.
The project costing millions of rupees of taxpayers’ money is in limbo and it must be made functional to facilitate citizens, especially students and youth.
It is learnt that corrupt officials and their agents charge Rs500 to Rs1000 for issuing a learners’ license while the official fee of this license is only Rs 200. This is why that the corruption mafia during last one and half years has failed to get the mobile van repaired and its computer system functioning though these tasks could be easily completed in a couple of days if the concerned officials shows a real professionalism, sincerity and honesty.