Khalida Niaz

PESHAWAR: The system of Traffic Highway Police has been introduced in Khyber tribal district for the first time and the personnel have also started formal patrolling.

However, the local transporters said the government should have taken them into confidence before introducing the system. Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Traffic for Khyber district Mazhar Afridi said 25 traffic police personnel have been given special training who will be deployed on different roads and control traffic from Matani to Torkham Highway. He said 55 traffic police personnel are already performing duty in local bazaars and they are looking after the matters of traffic in a befitting manner.

The DSP said the main duties of traffic police personnel are overseeing the traffic management, checking overloading and ensuring implementation of different traffic laws and imposing fines for violations. To a question, Mazhar Afridi said the traffic police personnel have been given five vehicles, mobile trackers and wireless mobile sets. He said all the newly trained traffic police officials are local persons and earlier they had performed duties in Levies and Khassadar forces. He said the Khyber traffic police personnel will enjoy the same powers which are enjoyed by Peshawar traffic police personnel. Mazhar Afridi said new traffic police personnel have started their duties in Khyber district since Thursday and more policemen will also been trained in traffic police.

Local journalists Mehrab Afridi welcomed deployment of traffic police in Khyber and hoped that it will regulate traffic and minimize traffic accidents. He said some under age drivers are running vehicles dangerously because they are not properly trained for the purpose. He said arrival of traffic police will end this practice as driving licences will not be issued to underage drivers. He said transporters carrying goods to Afghanistan openly violate the loading rules and police needs to act against them.

Transport Union President Haji Azeemullah said problems of traffic in Khyber will reduce with deployment of traffic police. He said it must be ensured that traffic police personnel don’t misuse their powers. He said the government should provide facilities for transporters at Pak-Afghan Highway. He said the traffic police must sit together with transporters to find solutions to traffic related problems. He also emphasised the need for creating awareness among transporters about traffic laws.

Traffic police personnel are already performing duties in rest of the merged tribal districts.