SHC orders action against excessive smoke emitting vehicles

KARACHI: Sindh High Court SHC on Monday directed traffic police to take action against excessive smoke emitting vehicles plying on the roads in the city and ensure protection to the environment.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi was seized with the petition of an NGO, Human Voice Welfare Association that sought action against worn-out public transports including taxis and auto rickshaws.

The petitioner organization submitted that it was liability of excise and taxation department and traffic police to issue fitness certificates to the vehicles which are in good physical condition and fit to be brought to the road. It was submitted that over 60,000 auto rickshaws and 15000 cabs were playing on the roads, out which 60 percent lacked fare maters.

The petitioner submitted that transporters charge exorbitant fares as rickshaws and taxies were bereft of fare meter.

Besides, the petitioner submitted that most of the taxis and rickshaws are in worn-out condition and creating environmental pollution by emitting smoke.

It was submitted that government lacked mechanism to control above illegality causing environmental hazards and also loss to national exchequer as traffic police, in collusion with transporters, did not issue them fitness certificates and allowed worn-out public transport on the roads.

The court was prayed to declare that transport and traffic authorities are not performing their lawful duties regarding issuing fitness certificates. It also prayed to the court to direct traffic police to cancel the fitness certificate of worn-out vehicles creating pollution.

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