ISLAMABAD:Riding motorcycles is one of the popular means of community mobility but no defined standard for bikes to come on the roads, road thrills of young bikers and inability of the traffic police to keep check contribute towards making them most vulnerable road users.
The potential harm associated with accidents is greater for motorcyclists and their passengers than for other vehicle users.
But mostly the motorcyclists even do not care about their own safety and not follow the precautionary measures as bikes with faulty signals as well as headlights and without back view mirrors are commonly seen moving on the roads.
In addition, most of the young motorcyclists do not follow laws and their biking enthuse starts with watching movies and same drama is tried to be created on roads in real life.
In Islamabad, there are not much roads with luxury of “lanes” except Kashmir Highway or Islamabad Express Way. There is no much space or special lanes for bikers who mostly have the vital point how to reach from one point to another point in shortest way and shortest time.
Along with such emotions of bike riders, the attitude of law enforces is not satisfactory. The first step of obtaining the driving license for influential is not a difficult task with Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) though it has strict standards for the common people and visitors.
Only Mr. Hanif, the staffer in protocol wing working under SSP (Traffic), is enough to get driving license once ordered by the SSP. It is a vicious circle which needs to be broken with the building of basic infrastructure and making the process of obtaining license a more tedious process by learning the rules and passing the exam.
Moreover, road stunts of motorcyclists and car drivers are not being seriously checked on Capital’s roads.
The speeding bikes and cars, mostly driven by ill-behaved youth, remain on the rampage at the capital city roads on the weekends bringing the tall claims made by the traffic Police to ground.
The young bikers not only put their lives on risks while one wheeling and racing but also often bring worries to their families. Although numbers of them have been injured and some even lost their lives in this adventurism so far but still that practice continued due to lack of effective checking and proper racing tracks in the capital.
The motorcyclists alter the parts of the bike and replace the genuine parts of the bike with such parts that can increase the speed and acceleration of the bike. A normal bike that has a top speed of 80 kmh can go up to 100kmh plus by alteration.
With little check by the police to control the unruly youth, the youngsters screech, perform all sorts of stunts besides wheeling on all the major roads of the city.
The media-shy Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Mr. Farrukh Rasheed in few interactions with this scribe complained that lack of strength with ITP is the major reason in ensuring implementation on traffic rules.
As per his intimation, ITP spokesperson was contacted on the issue who admitted that such racing practices happen on roads of Islamabad especially on weekends but special squads of ITP endeavor their bests to curb such practices.
He said ITP runs campaign along with well-known companies for awareness among motorcyclists about traffic rules. Faulty signals and headlights are repaired free of cost and lectures are imparted to them for their own safety, he claimed.
He said fresh applicants of driving licenses have to attend the classes and pass the driving as well as signal test to get the license. However, the spokesperson said that it is the collective responsibility of all to curb such violations on roads. He said all including parents, law enforcers and citizens would have to be more responsible to ensure safe road environment in the city.