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Traffic police extends driving licence deadline

November 2, 2015
 
KARACHI: Thousands of citizens thronged to driving licence offices in Karachi after city’s traffic police on Monday kicked off action against unlicenced drivers of public transport and private vehicles, Samaa reported. However, as deadline for licences ended today, authorities extended last date till Dec 2 for drivers to get their licences issued or renewed. According...



KARACHI: Thousands of citizens thronged to driving licence offices in Karachi after city’s traffic police on Monday kicked off action against unlicenced drivers of public transport and private vehicles, Samaa reported.

However, as deadline for licences ended today, authorities extended last date till Dec 2 for drivers to get their licences issued or renewed.

According to Samaa correspondent, thousands of citizens converged at driving licence offices in Nazimabad and Clifton areas where limited staff was seen helpless in facilitating masses.

People, standing in long queues at traffic police offices, complained about non-availability of driving licence forms. “We are waiting for hours but staff is neither accepting nor proving applications,” an aspirant for driving licence complained to Samaa.

Reports said only 1.2 million people in Karachi, the city of 20 million, have driving licences; whereas the total number of registered vehicles in the city is 3.8 million.

DIG-Traffic, Amir Sheikh, has warned that unlicenced drivers of buses, rickshaws, taxies, truck and other vehicles could be sent to jail after deadline.

Meanwhile, police at Nazimabad office baton-charged citizens after people protested against closure of the licence office.

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the police baton-charge and extended the driving licence deadline for a month. - Samaa

 
 
 
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