All exemptions for pillion riding withdrawn.

KARACHI -- The Sindh government withdrew all exemptions and imposed a total and complete ban on pillion riding on Sunday, ending relaxations granted to certain institutions/persons and women.

The police on Sunday stopped thousands of motorcycles and arrested over 100 citizens for violation of the pillion riding ban while others were given strict warnings, said officials.

City police chief Additional Inspector General of police Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon told Dawn that the metropolis police stopped and checked a total of 3,284 motorcycles on Sunday.

Out of them 1,103 motorbikes were stopped/checked in South Zone, 1,189 in East Zone and 992 in West Zone of the police.

Among them 124 persons were arrested as 57 FIRs were registered against them while a total of 3,205 people were warned to avoid pillion riding next time.

124 motorbike riders held, over 3,000 issued warnings

'We have preferred to either warn or give traffic tickets to those pillion riders who were carrying women and children,' observed the city police chief.

'We did not spare even police officers who were violating this ban,' added Mr Memon.

Other traffic violations

Separately, a total of 1,403 motorcyclists were fined, including three police officials, for violating different traffic rules.

Traffic police spokesperson explained that the Karachi traffic police imposed fines on 1,403 motorcyclists over host of violations.

He pointed out...

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