Islamabad: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court has issued notices to several parties in the case of allowing heavy bikes on motorways, saying the government believes that the presence of such vehicles at high-speed lanes is a threat to public safety.
According to the report, a bench headed by Justice Mian Alam issued notices to the parties to explain their point of view after which the case would be heard on a daily basis.
The dispute is related to a joint petition filed by the government's Ministry of Communications, Motorway Police and the National Highways Inspector General.
The petition is against a decision made by the Islamabad High Court on December 10, 2018, in which it was ordered to improve the standard operating procedure (SOP) for operating motorcycles on motorways.
Additional Attorney General Chaudhry Aamir Rehman, representing the government, appealed to the court to suspend the Islamabad High Court decision as it disables road safety rules and allowed the Chungchi motorcycle to be operated on a motorway. Gives.
It is pertinent to mention that following the construction of Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M2), under the National Highway Safety Ordinance 2000, the motorway police were given powers to regulate and control traffic on national highways.
A motorcycle is banned on the M-2 motorway from day one.
The following policy is included in Highways and Motorway Code Rule 202, a road document governing the road rules was made in 1968 according to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.
The restriction only allowed motorway police to use a 500cc motorcycle for patrolling but was not continued for safety reasons and the bikes were converted from cars to petrol cars.
It may be recalled that on December 19, 2009, the Prime Minister's Secretariat had forwarded a request from the Lahore Bikers Club President, Burhan Muhammad Khan, seeking permission to operate the motorway, but the National Highway Police (NHMP) February 15, 2010. Was denied this request by
Later on April 6, 2010, the Motorway Police made a principled decision to allow 500cc and three-wheelers to operate on the motorway for 3 years, provided that the National Highway Authority (NHA) provided the necessary facilities. Such as a separate track for motorcycles with road signs and landmarks.
However, bikes will only be allowed on the motorway on national days, for which a limited number of cards will be issued for a specified period.
Subsequently, permission was withdrawn for safety reasons, public complaints, overspeeding, zig-zagging, sudden diversion and lane violation.
The withdrawal of the said permission was challenged in the Islamabad High Court, which held that since bikers have a license and their motorcycle is registered, no restrictions can be imposed on it.
The petition filed in the Supreme Court against the judgment of the High Court held that the request of the Lahore Bikers Club was granted conditional permission on a trial basis, with the instruction to implement the SOPs, but it was observed in the observation that S. In addition to the OPS violations, motorists riding motorbikes pose a risk to other types of traffic.