National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) to Install Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on Motorways in Pakistan
In a significant move to modernize the transportation system in Pakistan, the National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) has announced the implementation of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on motorways M1, M2, M3, and M4. The implementation is expected to take two years to complete.
The NHMP official made the announcement on Thursday, stating that the Motorway Police has signed an agreement with the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) through the National Highway Authority (NHA) to execute the ITS.
This new ITS system is expected to eliminate motorway delays for commuters, making their travel experience smoother and more efficient. The official also stated that the Lahore-Sialkot motorway already has a fully automated system, where motorists pay fines and toll taxes only when they exit the motorway.
Challenges and Obstacles
While the implementation of the ITS system is a significant step towards modernization, there are still challenges that need to be addressed. For example, it may be difficult to assign a challan (fine) when one vehicle is used by multiple family members. Unregistered vehicles with open letters are also hard to track down under the ITS system.
A Strong Database is Key
The official stated that an accurate and efficient ITS system requires a strong database. Despite these difficulties, the ITS system is a major step towards modernizing the NHMP’s transportation system.
Change in Issuing and Enforcing Challans
Road users will be able to pay the challan along with the toll tax, but the ITS system would change how challans are issued and enforced on Pakistan’s national highways and motorways in the coming years.
The implementation of the ITS system is a significant milestone in modernizing the transportation system in Pakistan. The new system is expected to make travel smoother and more efficient, eliminating delays for commuters. The project will take two years to complete, and there are still challenges that need to be addressed. Nonetheless, this is an exciting development for the transportation sector in Pakistan.