LAHORE - Punjab Police Inspector General Arif Nawaz Khan on Tuesday said that the traffic police wardens should bring positive change in their behaviour to win hearts and minds of the public.

“By doing this, they may find out the solution of major issues related to traffic management keeping in view the convenience of public with enthusiasm during their duty,” the provincial police chief said.

He said that Service Rules for timely promotion of Traffic Wardens had been framed by which the procedure of promotions of wardens on the basis of seniority and other concerned factors have been started and this promotion process would become speedy in the future.

The IGP also said that various steps are being taken to balance the differences of monthly pay of wardens with personnel of other departments and a summary for restoration of “Risk Allowance” has also been put up before the Punjab government. Upon sanctioning of the said summary, the IGP said, the risk allowance will be added into monthly pays of the wardens.  Arif Nawaz expressed these views while addressing to a Darbar of traffic wardens who converged at the Qila Gujjar Singh Police Lines in Lahore from different Punjab districts. Lahore CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains, CTO Rai Muhammad Ejaz, SSP Sajjad Hassan Khan Manj, and SP (Headquarters) Atif Nazeer were also present on this occasion.

Earlier, a smart group of police presented salute to the IGP at arrival in the Police Lines. The IGP was welcomed by Lahore CCPO and other officers.

In his welcome-note, Lahore Chief Traffic Officer Rai Ejaz Ahmad underlined the sacrifices of martyred police officers including DIG Traffic police Ahmad Mubeen. The CTO said that in order to encourage the traffic wardens a prize distribution system would be started on monthly basis.  He also said that different steps are being taken for replacement of old and out of order vehicles, provision of new wireless sets, renovation of offices, and quality education to children and provision of medical facilities to family of traffic wardens.

He said that highly-educated wardens are performing their duties for convenience of public on roads efficiently. While discussing the performance of Lahore traffic police in current year, the officer said that during the campaign against juvenile drivers, traffic police ticketed 53,000 juvenile drivers. The violators were released by police after parents submitted guarantees and assured police that they would never allow underage driving.

Also, at least 1.8 million violators of traffic laws were penalized and ticketed on roads. The traffic police also ensured smooth flow of vehicular traffic in Lahore despite some 1500 protest demonstrations during this year. On this occasion, several traffic police officers informed the IGP about problems being faced by them. The police chief issued on the spot orders to redress their grievances.