In a decisive move to address the growing concerns over underage driving, the Lahore Education Authority has issued a directive to all school heads within the city to enforce a ban on students bringing unlicensed motorcycles and cars to educational institutions. This measure comes as a response to the challenges posed by underage drivers, which have been causing significant issues for both traffic police and school administrations.
The directive outlines that strict consequences will be faced by schools that do not comply with the new rule. In addition to the ban, class in-charges are tasked with the responsibility of advising their students against bringing vehicles to school premises. The overarching goal is to instill a sense of responsibility among students regarding traffic laws and to ensure their safety.
To further this initiative, school heads are also encouraged to actively participate in raising awareness about traffic regulations among the student body. An important aspect of this campaign involves reaching out to parents, particularly those whose children have been found to bring cars to school, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the legal driving age and holding a valid license.
This action is part of a broader crackdown on underage driving across Punjab, with Lahore being a focal point due to its status as the provincial capital. The Punjab police have been vigilant in this respect, having recently fined over 19,000 drivers under the age of 18 in just the past week. The Inspector General of Punjab Police, Dr. Usman Anwar, has issued a stern warning to parents, cautioning them against permitting their children to drive without a license, and has made it clear that non-compliance will result in strict action.
The decision to ban students from bringing vehicles to schools is a critical step towards enhancing road safety and establishing a culture of lawfulness among young citizens. It reflects the authorities’ commitment to curbing the risks associated with underage driving and ensuring that the roads of Lahore remain safe for all users.
As the city moves forward with this policy, it is expected that the combined efforts of schools, parents, and law enforcement will lead to a significant reduction in the number of underage drivers on the roads, thereby contributing to a safer and more orderly traffic environment in Lahore.