Mohammed Noman Awan, belonged to Punjab’s Chakwal district has spent PKR35,000 in order to avoid traffic violation ticket worth Rs300.
The National Highway & Motorway Police (NHMP) issued him a traffic violation ticket worth Rs300 for using improper/duplicate number plates on his vehicle. However the man challenged the traffic police. He engaged to a lawyer, bore travel expenses and deposited court fee. He also filed a writ petition against NHMP.
He has made a request to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to get that ticket withdrawn.
He went through all this procedure in order to challenge the NHMP act on the grounds that there was no specific violations/offences. According to him, there is no Motorway Ordinance under which plying vehicles on Motorway with improper/duplicate number plates was unlawful.
Advocate Saad Bin Safdar, the counsel for the petitioner, while talking to the media on Sunday said that it was not a matter of Rs.300 but it involved a significant question of law.
“Under the Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1956, only Motor Vehicle Registration Authority issues specific registration number plates that are computerized and of similar size and shape. For the motorists plying their vehicles in Punjab it is mandatory to use these plates on their vehicles. However, since Motorway falls under federal government’s jurisdiction, Punjab’s or any other province’s laws don’t apply there,” said Bin Safdar.
He further said, “There is no such provision in the National Highway & Safety Ordinance 2000 that regulates traffic on the Motorway and deals with violations in that law, and there is no mention of such anomalies as use of duplicate number plates,”
After hearing the petitioner, Justice Babar Sattar issued notice to the Inspector General of the NHMP to submit a detailed reply by 29th April.